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Use of texts, images and videos in educational materials

Date of news: 10 May 2022

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If you include texts or images in your teaching material, be aware of the implications of copyright; even if they appear to be freely available on a website. The following applies to all texts, tables, photos and other images: someone has the copyright to this. You cannot simply cut and paste the material into your (digital) readers. There are costs involved. The Dutch universities have largely bought these off.

Arrangement with Stichting UvO

The universities and Stichting Uitgeversorganisatie voor Onderwijslicenties (foundation for publishers organization for educational licenses), or UvO, have made binding committments about the use of copyrighted material in education. The universities pay a fee for this. This makes it easier for teachers.

An overview of the agreements

  • Reuse is limited to a maximum of 50 pages and no more than 25% of the entire work. For journals, this is an issue/episode.
  • It is always allowed to include a (proxy) link to the digital version of the publication.
  • Citing sources correctly is required for all reuse.
  • The arrangement applies to both printed and digital educational material, so also for PowerPoints and Prezis in Brightspace.
  • Stacking reuse is not permitted, i.e. to spread parts from a publication over several readers for the same course.
  • The agreement came into effect on January 1, 2017 and will run until 2022.
  • All universities will investigate whether the agreement is being complied with. It is important that teachers stick to the agreements. Violation of this has financial consequences for all universities!

Do you want to know more?

Would you like to know more about other ways of using texts and images in your teaching? For example, what about the library's licenses on jounal packages? And what do you do if you want to reuse more than the maximum allowed? Are there additional restrictions for images? How do I create a proxy link?

Come to our presentation on Monday 30 May. You can participate both physically and online.

Do you already have questions and are you unable to attend? Let us know. We are happy to help you!

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