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Collaborating on Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs): Copyright and MOOCs

A guide for academics on using library expertise and resources to enhance their MOOCs

Copyright and MOOCs

  1. MOOCs are a completely different legal environment to teaching and research. Because MOOCs are massive and open, most copyright exceptions used in university teaching will not apply.
  2. Most ebooks and online journals licensed through the Monash University Library cannot be used in a MOOC because access is restricted to Monash students and staff only.
    • MOOC students will be registered with FutureLearn, not Monash.
  3. Just because something is available online, doesn’t mean you can use it – it may not comply with copyright.
    • You need to check if the resource was put online by the copyright owner or with their permission.
  4. Because MOOCs are hosted by FutureLearn which is a for-profit company, MOOC use is considered ‘commercial’.
    • Can’t use resources that are listed as ‘non-commercial use only’.

Try to use original, public domain (Monash intranet page) or open access material that doesn’t require permission.

If you need permissions for any copyright material for your MOOC, please contact the copyright adviser on behalf of the MOOCs permission team.

Crediting and acknowledgement

All third party copyright material used in the MOOC needs to be properly cited. Captions and end credits are necessary so they need to be factored into the timing and design of the MOOC.

  • Creative commons licensed material will always require acknowledgement and a link to the licence that is used under. For example:

"Creative Commons 10th Birthday Celebration San Francisco [name of image with link to it]" by tvol [name of photographer/creator with link to their page] is licensed under CC BY 2.0 [name of licence and link to terms]