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Copyright Guidance


Understanding copyright law, knowing how to clear the rights in existing content for inclusion in courses and student productions and being able confidently to make legal use of copyrighted works in the course of teaching and learning is a significant challenge.

In 2014 new Statutory Instruments expanded the scope of exceptions to copyright for education and research – for further information, visit the IPO (Intellectual Property Office), which has published several summaries of the changes. These include the following PDF documents:

The Copyright Guidance pages from the BUFVC aim to help staff and students at Universities and Colleges throughout the UK who are having to face up to these issues regularly as they plan to publish, or re-publish, online courseware delivered through virtual learning environments which incorporates material generated by third parties raising several crucial issues, such as:

Along with details of our Copyright training courses and publications, we have also published a Media Legislation Database that provides a detailed guide to some of the most recent publications from broadcasters, government and pressure groups relating to education and media.

Media Legislation

MLRThe output of legislative bodies, broadcasters and pressure groups is being collated in this new digital database.

Copyright Courses

2000px-Orange_copyright.svgThe essential one-day course for those needing to copy and use existing content in their new productions and services.

Copyright FAQ

500px-Control_copyright_icon.svg A growing list of Frequently Asked Questions relating to Copyright and media in UK education.