[cc-community] Question about CC-NC licensed works being usedin education
Emily Anne Goodhand
e.a.goodhand at reading.ac.uk
Tue Jan 5 10:36:46 EST 2010
Sorry, I should have posted a link to it! The Information Tribunal
decided that the course material (everything except some case studies)
from one particular course run by UCLAN was to be made available to the
requestor under FOI. The ruling found that the University's course
material was commercial, even though it wasn't being sold to students
but came as part of their course which they enrolled on, as per the
usual student way.
Our university is supplying the students with course material which is
covered by their tuition fees, and yet universities in the UK are
increasingly defining themselves as commercial entities. There's now a
lot of confusion as to whether what we provide for students is
commercial or non-commercial. I'm not sure what you mean by ARR
copyright material - we do pay a CLA licence to photocopy and scan print
Does that help?
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Subject: Re: [cc-community] Question about CC-NC licensed works being
A few questions may assist in understanding the issue:
You say that "Based on a recent Freedom of Information ruling, it was
decided that universities' course materials are commercial".
Who decided that? For what purpose? In respect of which universities?
How was learning material defined?
The meaning of "non commercial" in the context of the Creative Commons
licences is not necessarily the same as the meaning of non commercial in
the context of another legal (or policy) document such as a tax code, or
a government funding policy. Its therefore important to understand in
what context it is claimed that universities learning materials are
Does the institution charge specifically for the "other learning
materials" such as course packs, or are these covered generally by
student fees without any attempt to match the costs of learning
Does the institution pay a blanket licence for ARR copyright material?
(If the use of the NC material is commercial then the question arises
whether its covered by the blanket licence).
2010/1/5 Emily Anne Goodhand <e.a.goodhand at reading.ac.uk>
I've had a question from a member of staff here about CC-NC material and
whether we can use it in lecture presentations and other course
materials. Based on a recent Freedom of Information ruling, it was
decided that universities' course materials are commercial because they
are dependent on student recruitment and funding. Does this mean we
can't use CC-NC materials any more in our course materials?
Copyright & Compliance Officer
IMPS (Information Management & Policy Services)
University of Reading
Room 220, Whiteknights House
Reading, RG6 6AH
e: E.A.Goodhand at reading.ac.uk
t: 0118 378 6766
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