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Copyright: On Blackboard

This is a guide to understanding your rights and responsibilities, in relation to copyright, as a member of the Loyalist College community.

Blackboard

Blackboard is a wonderful way to disseminate information to students and is treated in a similar way to the physical classroom environment. This part of the guide includes information about posting articles, videos, and links to your electronic classroom. 

Linking in Blackboard

Linking is the preferred method of disseminating information via Blackboard. You can almost always link to websites, articles, videos, etc. without seeking permission. However, it is best practice to only link to non-infringing content. 

Please contact Vanessa Lee with any questions or concerns about posting links to Blackboard. 

Videos in Blackboard

Streaming videos may be linked to or embedded into Blackboard. However, the instructor must be able to confirm that the video was originally uploaded by the copyright holder. For example, a TedX video that was uploaded by the official TedX account is fine to use. However, a TedX video that was uploaded by a different company or a personal account is not to be used. Feel free to contact the Copyright Technician should you need help in determining the copyright holder. 

Videos from library databases may be embedded into Blackboard for ease of access for both students and professors. Simply find the streaming video file using the library's search screen and click on the link to the video. Each of the various streaming video databases will have a link to copy and paste into Blackboard. 

For example, on the CBC Curio database you must click on Share and the copy the link to embed the video. 

Caution must be exercised when showing YouTube videos in class. The instructor or student showing the video must be able to confirm that it is not an illegal upload of the video. Here are some clues for determining if the copyright holder uploaded the video:

  • Look at the username and YouTube channel name. Many companies and organizations will have official YouTube Channels that they post their content to. 
  • The description of the video may include information about the copyright owner. 
  • Do not show YouTube videos with descriptions that include messages such as copyright infringement not intended

Should you need help determining the uploader of the content, please contact the Copyright Technician.

*It is never copyright infringement to provide students with a link to an online item or source. 

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Digital Locks

Digital locks can be found on a variety of electronic products, including: Audio CDs, digital music, ebooks, video games, and movies. Digital locks include password protected websites, encrypted websites or pay-per-view sites that restrict users from sharing content. 

Digital locks on any form of technology can not be broken, even for educational purposes. If you have an item that you'd like to share in the classroom that has a digital lock you will need to seek permission and possibly pay royalties. The Copyright Technician will be happy to assist you with any questions about digital locks.