Copyright and E-learning

Secker & MorrisonCopyright and E-learning: a guide for practitioners was first published in 2010 by Facet Publishing. The book has now been updated and the 2nd edition is authored by Jane Secker and Chris Morrison. It was published in June 2016. We maintain a list of further resources from the book on this website. We have also made Chapter 6: Copyright education and training available on open access. If you wish to buy the book, we have a discount flyer available.

As part of the research for this book we gathered data on the scanning of core readings in UK higher education libraries and the use of other published content in education. Much of this activity has been shaped by the Copyright Licensing Agency’s (CLA) Higher Education licence. The 2010 edition of the book presented data from a Survey of Scanning in UK Higher Education carried out in 2009.

The 2015 survey was available until Friday 27th November 2015 and we published the UK HE Scanning Survey 2015 – Final Report for open access in March 2016. The questions are available as a PDF if you would like to view them.

Reviews of Copyright and E-learning

There have been several reviews of Copyright and E-learning since it was published in 2016. These include:

Charles Oppenheim writing in the European Intellectual Property Review said:

“I found myself nodding in agreement so often while reading this book that people watching me must have thought I was reading a gripping novel. The advice is always sensible, authoritative and clearly articulated. The lists of resources to consider using, scattered throughout the book, are always helpful and authoritative. The overall style is positive. The remarks about risk management are excellent.”

Andrew Eynon’s published a review of the book in December 2016 in Volume 10 (2) of the Journal of Information Literacy.

In December 2016 Andrew Grey’s review was published on the IP Kat blog. I’m not sure we have ever lived down being referred to as the ‘Sonny and Cher of UK copyright.’

Adrienne Muir published a review in Ariadne in May 2017. Adrienne has written a really balanced review of the book, highlighting a few areas we need to address but finishing with the following rather nice tribute:

“Overall, this is an excellent book. I would certainly recommend it to anyone in higher education as both an introduction to copyright issues in e-learning, libraries and digital humanities, and as an authoritative source of advice. I hope that Facet will continue to publish updated editions.”

Emily Stannard published a review in LSE Review of Books in June 2017. Interestingly blog posts on LSE Review of Books are published under a CC-BY-NC-ND licence and so her review was also re-published on the San Francisco Review of Books (California here we come perhaps?). Emily has given a similarly fair assessment of the book, recognising that perhaps teachers and lecturers are less likely to read our book than librarians and teaching support staff, despite our best intentions.

In December 2017 a review of the book appeared in the Journal of Copyright in Education and Librarianship, written by Sarah McCleskey.


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