Moodle: Terms of use

 

In order to use Moodle@Writtle College there is an expectation that staff and students will abide by the following rules:

 

Ø     Not to place, distribute or access material on Moodle that can be deemed illegal under UK Law

Ø     Not to be offensive, obscene or use violent connotations

Ø     Not to encourage illegal activities

Ø     Not to breach copyright owners’ statutory rights (discussed further in the following section)

 

Moodle: Copyright issues

 

How do I know if the material I want to upload is in copyright?. 1

Can I include links to web pages?. 1

Can I upload copies of materials from web pages?. 2

What is a Creative Commons Licence?. 2

Where can I find images with no copyright restrictions?. 2

How do I know if the material I want to upload is in copyright?

Any material created by a person, or organisation including text, pictures, diagrams, audio etc. and published is covered by copyright law. This includes both print and electronic material. Copyright is normally owned by the publisher of the material, and copyright restrictions usually remain in force for 70 years after the death of the authors. There is also copyright in typographical arrangement (the publisher's layout) which lasts for 25 years.

Copyright law imposes restrictions on how you can use published material. You can only upload this material to Moodle if you have explicit permission from the publisher, or if a user licence or explicit copyright statement allows it.

Can I include links to web pages?

It is usually acceptable to include links to a website's homepage, unless a statement on the site says otherwise. However, you should not use the website's logos or other branding as linking icons, unless you have explicit permission from the publisher.

“Deep linking”, linking to parts of a website under or beyond the website's homepage, is generally not allowed by law, particularly where this would bypass branding, sponsorship, legal or policy information. You should not include deep links within Moodle, unless you have explicit permission from the publisher, or a policy statement on the website allows it.

Can I upload copies of materials from web pages?

Material on web pages is governed by copyright law. You cannot upload copies of web page material unless you have explicit permission from the publisher, or a copyright statement or licence on the web pages specifically permits this.

What is a Creative Commons Licence?

Creators of web page material can use a Creative Commons Licence to specify how their material may be used by other people. A Creative Commons licence icon on a web page indicates that you can use the material without having to seek permission, provided you use it in the manner permitted by the licence. You need to read the licence specific to that website to find out what use is permitted. For full details see:
http://creativecommons.org/

Where can I find images with no copyright restrictions?

Microsoft office users have access to over 150,000 free images and sounds from their “Clip Art” via Word and PowerPoint. Alternatively go to: http://office.microsoft.com/en-gb/clipart/default.aspx

You can use images from FreeFoto.com http://www.freefoto.com/ and Stock Exchange http://www.sxc.hu/ provided that you include attribution to the image and a link back to FreeFoto.com (either the image or the main site).

 

For further information please copntact the Learning Technology Unit at LTU@writtle.ac.uk.