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Copyright and Moodle
Copyright and Moodle
All items placed in Moodle must comply with
and the United States copyright law . Davidson College copyright policy
When providing digital materials to students, educators
must either secure permission for use or ensure that they are meeting the fair use standards of U.S. copyright law. Copyright Guidelines for Posting in Moodle
All items posted to Moodle must be
limited to students enrolled in the course. If unenrolled students can view these materials, please contact an instructional technologist for help. All materials must have been
legally obtained. Materials must be used for
educational, non-commercial purposes. Students may not be charged for their use of these materials. Providing a link to materials is preferable to uploading a scanned document. Use a
link to materials whenever possible. Instructions for Posting to Moodle
Step 1: Verify Whether Permission is Required
Works which are in the
public domain (generally, material published before 1923) do not require permission to use. Licenses like
Creative Commons grant public use of content so long as certain conditions are met (i.e. attribution of original author) Following the principle of Open Access, content is increasingly available as
Open Educational Resources. See our guide on OER to learn more. Step 2: Check if the College has Pre-Purchased Rights
Check to see if the work is covered by the Library's
Annual Copyright License.
If it is covered, you may post to Moodle, provide a full-text link
If the item is not covered by the license, check to see if the full-text is available in one of the library databases.
If a link is available, provide a link to a stable URL of the full-text to Moodle
For more information about linking with a stable URL, see
Linking to Full Text Resources.. Step 3: Consider Fair Use
Fair Use Analysis Items that are considered fair use or are not covered by the Library's
Annual Copyright License may not be posted in subsequent semesters for the same class. If those items have been used for course reserves in the past, permission must be sought to use them again. Step 4: Secure Permission (If Needed)
If rights to the material are not pre-purchased and fair use is not feasible, you must get permission from the copyright holder.
How to Request Permission for more information on seeking permission Step 5: Attribute the Source
Each item must include a complete citation with full bibliographic information.
Each item must have a copyright notice. This notice must include the copyright register's warning and an additional warning about further electronic distribution.
Meet with a Librarian
Meet with a research librarian to discuss a copyright question.
Educational use is not always fair use!
To learn more about fair use, see our
fair use guide.
Questions? Need help?
Ask a Librarian
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