Copyright must always be considered when using multimedia in online courses. It is the faculty member’s responsibility to obtain written permission from the copyright holder before using videos in the distance learning classroom. The following tips can help you navigate the complexities of copyright in online courses:
Embedding and Linking Video
Embedding video from Vimeo, YouTube and other public sites is preferable to uploading and hosting videos on the Canvas LMS. Linked or embedded videos will maintain their attribution and source.
If original video has been developed for an online course and is hosted in the Canvas LMS, it should be attributed as such.
- UD Library Copyright – Guidelines for class performances, displays, & distance learning performances.
- UD Library Film & Video Collection – Media & Copyright (In a Nutshell)
- Motion Picture Association of America – Where to Watch – Find where a particular film or TV can be watched legally.
Photos and Images
Unless you are taking photos and creating images for your course yourself, search Creative Commons for content that you can use.
- UD Library Guide on Image Copyright
- UD Library Guide on Creative Commons Licensing
- UD Library Copyright – Learn about licensing your work.
Audio and Music
If you plan on incorporating music in your online course, there may be legal streaming or downloading options.