Copyright and E-learning: further resources

This page is a list of further resources from Copyright and E-learning: a guide for practitioners. The book was published by Facet in 2016, the authors will endeavour to keep this page up to date.

General resources on copyright

Mailing lists

JISC-DRM (2015) JISC Digital Rights Management Discussion List,, JISC-DRM@JISCMAIL.AC.UK.

Library E-reserves discussion list, LIB-ERESERVES@PRINCETON.EDU,

LIS-Copyseek (2015) JISCMail Closed Discussion List for Copyright Queries,, .

Museums Copyright Group (2015) JISCMail Closed discussion list for staff in museums and galleries,, MUSEUMS-COPYRIGHT-GROUP@JISCMAIL.AC.UK

Copyright Courses / MOOCs

Copyright – DIY:

Copyright for Educators & Librarians:

Copyright for Librarians from EIFL and Berkman Center for Internet and Society:

Copyright for Multimedia:

Copyright Clarity:

UK Intellectual Property Office. IP Tutor:

Unlocking Film Rights: Understanding UK Copyright (FutureLearn):

Copyright law resources by country


1709 Blog:

British and Irish Legal Information Institute (BAILII): Open Access case law and legislation resource

Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy (CREATe)

Copyright, Designs and Patents Act (1988) (amendments from 2014 still pending at the time of writing):

Copyright, Designs and Patents Act (1988) (unofficial consolidated version as amended in October 2014):

Copyright User website:

Cornish, G. (2015) Copyright: interpreting the law for libraries, archives and information services, 6th edn, Facet Publishing.

Library and Archives Copyright Alliance (LACA):

Padfield, T. (2015) Copyright for Archivists and Records Managers, 5th edition. Facet Publishing.

Pedley, P. (2012) The E-Copyright Handbook. Facet Publishing.

Pedley, P. (2015) Practical Copyright for Library and Information Professionals, Facet Publishing.

UK Intellectual Property Office,

Weatherley, Mike (2014) Copyright Education and Awareness: a discussion paper by the Intellectual Property Advisor to the Prime Minister:


Electronic Frontier Foundation:

US based global organization defending civil liberties, including those that restrict the use of information and data in the digital world.

EIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries) Copyright and Libraries Programme:

World Intellectual Property Organization:

WIPO Lex (2016) One-stop search facility for national laws and treaties on intellectual property (IP) of WIPO, WTO and UN Members.,
This database provides access to intellectual property legislation from a wide range of countries and regions as well as to treaties on intellectual property.


European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations (EBLIDA):

An independent umbrella association of library, information, documentation and archive associations and institutions in Europe that lobbying on various aspects of information law, including copyright and IPR

European Digital Rights:

An organization set up to defend civil rights in the information society and foster cooperation in Europe regarding the internet, copyright and privacy issues.

The Irish Copyright Licensing Association,

LIBER (Association of European Research Libraries)

Copyright reform is an important aspect of the advocacy work that this organization undertakes. LIBER established a working group on copyright reform in 2014 and they lobby on related issues such as text and data mining and open access.


Access Canada:

Canadian Library Association (2016) Copyright Information:

Geist, Michael (2015) Michael Geist’s blog:

Universities Canada:

New Zealand and Australia

Australian Copyright Council:

The Copyright Council of New Zealand:

Copyright: Guidelines for Librarians:

An online course for New Zealand librarians covering all aspects of the relation between New Zealand’s copyright law and its libraries.

Copyright Licensing New Zealand:

IP Australia – Australian Government:

The Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA), New Zealand Copyright Resources:

United States of America

American Library Association (ALA) Copyright:

This website contains a large number of resources and information for US librarians and teachers, covering many aspects of copyright including specific guidance on Fair Use and Distance Education and the Teach Act.

Association of Research Libraries (2015) Know your Copy Rights: using copyright works in academic settings:

Baruch College/CUNY (2009) Interactive Guide to using Copyrighted Media in your Courses:

Brewer, M. (2008) Fair Use Evaluator, ALA Office for Information Technology Policy,

Columbia University Libraries/Information Services (2016) Copyright Advisory Office,

Copyright Advisory Network (ALA Office for Information Technology Policy)

Copyright Clearance Center,
US Reprographic Rights Organization offering licensing and permissions to copying beyond statutory limits. Also provide advice and training.

Copyright Crash Course:

This resource has been produced by Georgia W. Harper, the Scholarly Communications Advisor at the University of Texas until 2015. The resource is licensed under a Creative Commons License and is particularly useful for those working in higher education in the United States.

Copyright Librarian Blog, run by Nancy Sims Copyright Program Librarian at University of Minnesota:

Crews, Kenneth (2012) Copyright Law for Librarians and Educators: Creative Strategies and Practical Solutions, ALA Editions. Third Edition

Library Copyright Alliance:

Scholarly Comunications @ Duke:

Strong, W. S. (2014) The Copyright Book: a practical guide, 6th edn., MIT Press.

United States Copyright Office,

Further reading on e-learning

There are numerous resources specifically focusing on e-learning, learning technologies and classroom technologies, including monographs and journals. Those wishing to get a general overview of this topic are advised to consult the websites detailed below.

Association of Learning Technology (ALT):

The Association of Learning Technology is the UK’s professional and scholarly body for those with an interest in the use of learning technology. It publishes an open access journal, Research in Learning Technology ( and newsletter, and organizes an annual conference and other events.

EDEN (European Distance and E-learning Network)
The Network exists to share knowledge and improve understanding amongst professionals in distance and e-learning and to promote policy and practice across the whole of Europe and beyond. It has over 200 institutional members and over 1200 members.


EDUCAUSE is a US not-for-profit membership organization that aims ‘to advance higher education through the intelligent use of information technology’. It provides advice, resources and publications in a variety of areas including copyright, but also advice on using digital media and lecture capture. The resources can be browsed or searched.

E-learning Network of Australasia:

An Australian membership organization for e-learning professionals in business and education. It organizes events, provides a news service, has a range of resources related to e-learning on its website and publishes an online journal.


Funded by the UK HE and FE funding bodies to provide world-class leadership in the innovative use of ICT to support education and research, Jisc manage and fund a range of projects and services for the HE and FE community, including e-learning. It organizes events and training, and provides news, resources and publications from this extensive website.


SURF are the Dutch equivalent of JISC and they have a website providing advice and support on a variety of topics including e-learning, open access and open education.

Copyright, e-learning and open education

Eduserv (2007) Copyright Toolkit:

Electronic Frontier Foundation (n/d) Teaching Copyright:

Hobbs, R. (2010) Copyright clarity : how fair use supports digital learning. Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Corwin

HEFCE (2006) Intellectual Property Rights in e-Learning Programmes, Guidance for senior managers:

Jisc (2014) Guide: Intellectual Property Law.

Jisc (2014) Guide: Open Educational Resources:

Jisc (2015) Quick Guide: Intellectual Property Rights in a Digital World:

OER Commons (2015):

A global digital library and network of open education resources.

Secker, J. (2004) Electronic Resources in the Virtual Learning Environment, Chandos Publishing.

Strategic Content Alliance/JISC (2009) IPR Toolkit

UNESCO (2016) Open Educational Resources

Social media and copyright

Australian Copyright Council (2009) Websites: Social Networks, Blogs & User-generated Media, Information Sheet,

Cornish, G. (2015) Copyright: interpreting the law for libraries, archives and information services, 6th edn, Facet Publishing, 176–9.

Follio (2017) Infographic on image manipulation and how to avoid copyright infringement.

Jisc (2014) Guide: Crowdsourcing – the wiki way of working.

UCISA (2015) Social Media Toolkit: a practical guide to achieving benefits and managing risks

Copyright and digital media

Aside from the relevant collective rights management organizations there are several specialist organizations offering advice for those specifically interested in using digital media content in e-learning. The following is just a selection of these organizations and does not constitute a comprehensive list:

American Library Association Factsheet on Copyright and Video:

Produced by the American Library Association this is a useful online guide to copyright and digital media (largely video resources) in the United States. Last updated in January 2014 it includes links to various sources of additional advice and support for using video in libraries and classrooms.

British Universities Film and Video Council:

A useful source of advice, training and support largely aimed at those in the education sector in the UK. BUFVC is a membership organization and members include higher and further education institutions, schools, specialist institutes, commercial companies and broadcasters.

Frankel, J. T. (2009) Teacher’s Guide to Music: media and copyright law, Music Pro Guides.

JISC Digital Media:

JISC Digital Media is a source of advice, training and support for those working in higher and further education in the UK. Covering all types of digital media including images, moving images and sound recordings.

Movie Licensing USA:

Movie Licensing USA offers licences to K-12 schools and public libraries to allow them to legally show movies for entertainment (as opposed to teaching) purposes. An annual site licence can be purchased, or a one-off licence. Site includes information about the education exemption under US copyright law and when this applies.


Smartcopying provides advice for schools in Australia on all aspects of copyright, including details about format shifting and multimedia copying of film, video and DVDs and musical works. The website is produced by National Copyright Unit on behalf of the Copyright Advisory Groups (Schools and TAFEs).

Sample of university IPR, terms of use and takedown policies

British Library (2016). Notice and Takedown [accessed 12 January 2016]

Brunel University Intellectual Property Rights Policy (2007) [accessed 12 January 2016]

Columbia University (2000) Columbia University Copyright Policy, [accessed 12 January 2016]

Jisc / Strategic Content Alliance (2011) Sample Notice and Take down Policy and Procedures. [accessed 12 January 2016]

MIT (n.d.) MIT Policies & Procedures, [accessed 12 January 2016].

University of Cambridge (2016) Intellectual Property Rights, [accessed 12 January 2016].

University of Kent (2016) Moodle Notice and Takedown Request. [accessed 12 January 2016]

UCL (2015) UCL Staff IPR Policy [accessed 11 January 2016].

University of Glasgow (2014) Policy for Intellectual Property and Commercialisation [accessed 11 January 2016].

University of Otago (2012) Intellectual Property Rights Policy [accessed 11 January 2016].

Queensland University of Technology (2015) Intellectual Property, [accessed 11 January 2016].

Sources of further copyright training

A number of organizations offer copyright training and below is a list of training providers, largely from the UK, who offer courses and events related to copyright.

Archives and Records Association (UK and Ireland):

Aslib Training:

Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP):

Association of Learning Technology:

Australian Copyright Council Learning and Events:

British Universities Film and Video Council (BUFVC):

CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals):

Collections Trust:

Copyright Circle: (Lesley Ellen Harris):

e-LAWnora Copyright Consultancy:

JISC Digital Media:

Naomi Korn Copyright Consultancy: