The type of material made available on Moodle may include legally obtained copies (preferably owned by the Library or College) of copyrighted works, works in the public domain, and the original works of an instructor.
The creation and transmission of digital files of copyrighted works on Moodle is permissible when:
When copying audiovisual content to be made available on Moodle, it is recommend copying only the portion required to accomplish a specific educational goal, which may sometimes include small or short works in their entirety. Copied content may be made available online if access is restricted to the enrolled students of a specific course and copying or distribution for non-educational purposes is prohibited.
When copying textual content or images to be made available on Moodle, "less is best.” The greater the amount copied, the less likely that fair use exemptions will apply. “Best practices” allow for the follow portions:
If the work being copied is owned or licensed for use by the College or Library, copying a greater amount may be allowed. The amount will be determined in consideration of the all four “fair use” factors, and how the copied material relates to a given educational goal.
NOTE: If the quantity of content to be copied exceeds recommended amounts, or if use of content may otherwise be out of compliance with fair use exemptions, permission of the copyright holder is required and may incur a fee Copying without permission of the copyright holder is an infringement if the intent is:
An alternative to copying Internet content to Moodle is to links from a course page on Moodle to that content. In addition, instructors are reminded to consider these options:
If the quantity of content to be copied exceeds recommended amounts, or if use of content may otherwise be out of compliance with fair use exemptions, permission of the copyright holder is required and may incur a fee.
Always include appropriate attribution and copyright notice when using copyrighted works.
For information about what material is protected by copyright and "fair use" provisions of copyright law, please refer to the Selected Tools listing. For additional assistance, please contact John Lamborn.