Copyright Information Guidelines

Regent University Library response to "A Copyright checklist for Online Course" from NCSU - Reprinted from The Chronicle of Higher Education; Section: Information Technology; vol. 49, Issue 29, page A29 ["Here is a guide that professors can use to see whether, under the Teach Act, they can use copyrighted material in their online courses without seeking the author's permission"]:

  • The college must be accredited and non-profit:

Regent University is both.

  • The college must have an internal policy on use of copyrighted materials and on copyright law:

On the Library's home page, there is a link to "Copyright Issues" - The university attorney has read through these pages, said they were very thorough, and approved them.

  • The college must provide printed or online resources for faculty members that describe their rights and responsibilities under copyright law:

See the link above. There is also a link to this page from Blackboard's home page. There are over 100 books in the Regent University libraries on copyright law. Some selected titles are:

1) Issues in Web-based pedagogy : a critical primer / edited by Robert A. Cole
2) Teaching at its best : a research-based resource for college instructors / by Linda B. Nilson
3) Copyright law [videorecording] : what every school, college and public library should know ; Copyright, new issues / AIME
4) Copyright law on campus / by Marc Lindsey

  • The material must not have been originally intended for education use:

If the material that you wish to use online was originally intended for educational use, you must obtain permission from the author to use it in your course.

  • The material must be an integral part of the class session:

Example: It should not be a movie that is shown to the class just for the fun of it. It should supplement course material.

  • Reasonable precautions must be made to restrict access to the copyrighted content to students enrolled in the course:

Each student enrolled in your online course must have a password that is ONLY used by those students and the professor to access the course material.

  • Other reasonable controls must be used to prevent students from disseminating the material after viewing it:

If an item is placed on E-Reserves through the library, 1) a password must be used by the enrolled students & professor only, and 2) the material must be taken down after one semester. The copyrighted material must include the full citation (source) information, and it should be set up in Bb in such as way that the material may not be forwarded via email, nor downloaded. Material should be posted only once a year, not consecutive semesters. This is true for Reserves as well.

  • If a digital version of the material is readily available for use at the institution, then the instructor cannot convert an analog version to digital form for use in an online course:


  • The college must inform students that the material may be protected by copyright law:

This is the responsibility of the professor. Teaching faculty must be more responsible when using copyrighted material in a legal manner, and informing students both of the nature of the copyrighted material and the copyright law. The professors may feel free to direct students to the Library's Copyright Issues page.