“Copyright” is a name for a bundle of rights: the right to make copies, distribute copies, make derivative works (such as a translation or adaptation), and the public performance and/or public display of works.
- Basic information about Princeton University’s copyright policy
- Specific copyright information for MOOCs, created by the University Library.
Creating a Course with an Online Component? Consider the Following:
When considering including written sources in an open, online course please keep the following distinctions in mind:
Public domain vs. copyrighted materials
- Books and articles explicitly in the public domain may be freely used. Material under copyright requires permissions.
- Links to other websites: You do not violate any copyrights by linking to articles and sources on other websites. You may, for instance, link to freely available content from papers such as the New York Times. Be careful, however, not to provide multiple links to a single publication for one course. Many publications allow only a limited number of free accesses per individual IP per month. If you only have a few links to a particular publication, it will probably be fine, but with multiples, the students might eventually hit a pay wall. Also be mindful that the links might not be durable or that the content might be withdrawn without notice.
When considering including images in an open, online course, please keep the following distinctions in mind:
- Fair use—images that are directly analyzed or used for active demonstration or illustration is usually considered fair use.
- Permissively licensed material—material that Princeton has a license to use, like images in the Bridgeman Education Database or works that have Creative Commons Attributions.
- Using Copyrighted Material require case by case analysis—images from databases like Getty and AP.
- Images for Public Use—www.princeton.edu/copyright/imageresources/outsidetheclassroom/
- Images for Teaching—www.princeton.edu/copyright/imageresources/forteaching/
The use of the following materials may involve license fees, which may or may not be prohibitive:
- Popular movies, television shows, and songs
- Images distributed by commercial agencies like Getty Images and AP Images
- High resolution, whole images to be shown full screen or in presentation slides available for download
The Instructor's Right to Material Created Online
The course instructor holds the copyright to the material created specifically for his or her course, including the course videos. See here for more information intellectual property related to online teaching.