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Copyright for Creating Commercial Courses

Guidance for staff involved in designing and building courses with a commercial purpose, such as corporate education and training.


It is generally safer to link out to online content, rather than embed the content into your own work, so asChain link
to avoid copying. Occasionally a website will prohibit linking and/or deep linking in their terms of use, even
for educational purposes, so you should always check these. Terms of use can usually be found at the
bottom of a website homepage.

Please note that you are not allowed to share links to any materials (e-journals, e-books, databases etc.)
that the University subscribes to with anyone external. The licence agreements that we sign up to with
suppliers often state that content can only be made available to or shared with our own authorised users, who are usually registered students and staff members.

YouTube is home to a mix of legally and illegally uploaded content, so you should make some checks before linking to YouTube videos. You should identify how much of your course is based on third party owned YouTube material and keep it to a minimum, as well as making sure you have the right to commercially use the particular videos you really need. You should also ensure that you are not monetizing the content, for example by creating a fee-paying course where much of the content is third party YouTube videos. 

(Image by JJ Ying from Unsplash).

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