Below outlines the different types of uploads you might want to carry out.
1. Uploading material onto Learn.
2. Uploading lecture slides and lecture recordings onto Learn (Lecture Capture).
3. Uploading material onto a free-to-view webpage.
4. Uploading material onto the Institutional Repository.
1. Uploading material onto Learn. Uploading documents protected by third-party copyright onto Learn is possible, but is often complicated and is not recommended. To do this you would need the express permission from the copyright owner. In some cases you can hyperlink to a document from Learn, but you must make sure you are linking to an authorised (not pirate) version. Please do not upload the document itself as this could breach copyright. It is possible to make permanent links to online resources that do not break using a DOI.
It is recommended that you use the University Library’s E-reserve system to make digital copies of book chapters or articles in PDF format available through the Reading List system. Just put the details of the item that you want scanning into the Reading List system and the Library will do the rest! For details on how to do this please refer to his page: https://blog.lboro.ac.uk/copyright/licences/cla-scanning
Uploading PDFs of e-resources to which the University subscribes onto Learn pages is contrary to the terms and conditions of the subscriptions. Doing this places the University in breach of its contractual obligations and could lead to subscriptions being cancelled or the University being sued. Instead add the item to the Reading List system and provide a link to it from Learn.
2. Uploading lecture slides and or lecture recordings onto Learn (Lecture Capture).
Please refer to the page on ‘Lecture capture and recording lectures’ for more information: https://blog.lboro.ac.uk/copyright/faqs/lecture-capture-copyright/
This can be a very risky thing to do. Uploading PDFs of e-resources to which the University subscribes to and putting them on free-to-view websites is contrary to the terms and conditions of the subscriptions. Doing this places the University in breach of its contractual obligations and could lead to subscriptions being cancelled or to the University being sued as this is not considered to be ‘fair’ in law.
If you are uploading material onto a website in order to ‘criticize’ or ‘review’ it, this might be allowed in certain circumstances, but in this case, you should deal with the material ‘fairly’. This normally means that when you upload something onto a webpage, you should:
- make some sort of point on the webpage to which the thing you upload is relevant;
- upload only as much as you need to make your point;
- make some sort of comment on the thing you upload (i.e. ‘criticism’ or ‘review’);
- give a correct reference.
However, it is always possible for the owner of the copyright in what you upload to object and to say that what you have done is not ‘fair’. This is particularly likely when you upload material onto a free-to-view webpage. In this case the University may be sued.
If you want to upload a work in a way which is not covered by legal exceptions or by the licences that the University holds, you can always get in touch with the copyright owner of the work and ask for permission directly.
For more information please contact the University Copyright Advisors:
Updated on 13 October 2017 by C. Greasley.
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