General Copyright Issues for MOOCs
If your course requires use of third party materials, a Library expert on CR will be invited to your kickoff meeting. To get copyright clearances, you will fill out a Google Doc to share with the Library team. Copyright clearances can take several months to secure, so please start early. It is the responsibility of your Teaching Assistant to manage the process.
Images and other Media – Factors To Consider:
- Images and media used in your Penn campus-based classroom are not automatically cleared for use in open online unless you have written permission to use them in the specific session of your open online course.
- Fair use for academic purposes does not automatically apply to open online courses, though the more “transformative” an image is the more likely it is to be considered a fair use.
- The more “transformative” your use of the material, the higher likelihood of its clearance (e.g., marking up a graphic and explaining it in a new context/making it different from its original occurrence).
- If you find an image on WikiMedia Commons or Creative Commons, be sure the licens agreement for that image permits commercial use and be sure to include attribution as required by the creator
- Where possible, use third-party materials only when needed (i.e., try to create your own example or find open access materials) and use the smallest portion possible (e.g., 30 seconds of a song rather than the whole song, or part of an image).
- It may take up to six months to get clearance to use some third-party materials. Please initiate the clearance process as early as possible when designing your course.
Images and Other Media – No Clearance Required:
- Most images published prior to 1923.
- Providing a link to an external source where the student leaves the course page and connects to another window (such as a website, song or video on YouTube).
- An image you have created yourself (e.g., original drawings or photographs) that do not appear in any published book, article, website, etc.
- Images from open access sources (to find these sites refer to Penn Libraries’ Finding Images)
To Request Clearance Of Your Third-Party Materials:
- Have a member of your course team or Teaching Assistant fill out the Copyright Clearance Request Form Google Doc and be sure to include as many details as possible in the “How Will It Be Used” section of the form.
- OLI with work with the Library to assess use, clear images, and pay for any fees necessary (the fees will be charged back to your school or to the Provost’s office).
- You will receive status updates of the clearance progress.
- This process can take several months, so please explore open access options first.