Copyright and Teaching

Copyright legislation can be a tricky matter. Below, we have listed our favourite places to go for help in understanding copyright issues regarding teaching and e-learning:

  • The Committee for the Protection of Scientific Work's (UBVA) site Teach Legally in English or Undervis Lovligt in Danish 
    This is a fantastic resource for learning more about copyright in teaching, specifically when it comes to e-learning and online teaching
  • The DTU library site on Copyright guidelines for teachers
  • DTU's copyright mailbox:
    This is DTU's single point of contact when it comes to questions about copyright. Questions are answered by staff in DTU Library and DTU Office for Legal and Contracts (only for DTU employees and students)
  • The  site on Copyright  (only for DTU employees and students)
  • AIT's site on DTU Inside (only for DTU employees and students)

One of the challenges of making online courses or e-learning material is to find images, videos or other type of material that you can use without violating copyright laws. Below we list resources where you can find material that is published under Creative Common licenses:

Copyright and Video Production

When you hire DTU's video consultants to assist you in filming and publishing a video, we ask that you fill out a form, either on paper og via email, stating that you accept an agreement of use of the video material. By default, you will be asked to sign a contract giving DTU permission to publish your teaching video under the Creative Common license BY-NC-ND with the following implications for other peoples' use of the matieral:

Attribution (BY) – You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.
NonCommercial (NC) – You may not use the material forcommercial purposes.
NoDerivatives (ND)– If youremix, transform, or build uponthe material, you may not distribute the modified material.

Should you wish not to publish the video under a Creative Common license, you have an option of asking for another contract, which allows you to elect to terminate the licence rights agreement within 30 days of written notice.

Explanation of terms in the agreement

Perpetual: The agreement cannot be changed after it has been signed or accepted by email (you may elect to terminate the licence rights agreement if your contract specifies it).

Royalty free: The video material can be used legally as specified in the contract without paying royalties to you.

Non-transferable: The agreement cannot be bought, sold or transfered to other individuals.

Non-exclusive: You may permit other people to use the material without asking DTU's permission. In fact, that is what you do, if you publish under a CC license.