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ERIC Number: EJ807841
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 4
ISSN: ISSN-0830-0445
Dealing with Digital Copyright Issues in Higher Education: "No" Is Not a Helpful Institutional Response
Wallace, Lori
Journal of Distance Education, v19 n1 p92-104 2004
In order for online course delivery to be efficient, digital material such as scanned text, diagrams and graphics, and audio/video clips must be copied and distributed. The policies and processes for copyright clearance of digital materials are, however, poorly defined and cumbersome. As a result, university instructors often have incomplete knowledge of copyright policy and may scan and upload digital materials without copyright permission, placing institutions at legal risk. In this context two institutional issues have arisen: (a) the need to provide instructors engaged in the provision of online courses or resources with information about digital copyright policy and clearance procedures; and (b) the need for resources to facilitate these clearances. The article describes a campus-wide digital copyright project designed to address digital copyright issues in a Canadian university. It includes a discussion of project objectives, policy and procedures development, costs, frequently asked questions, and ongoing challenges that universities face.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada