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Copyright is an issue you need to consider seriously when creating any online teaching materials. Changes were made to UK law on 1st June 2014 that affect the copying lecturers, researchers and students might do. Read our guidance about these new copyright exceptions.

The LSE has produced a Short Guide to Copyright for Staff [PDF]. There is also a series of Copyright Frequently asked Questions which you are advised to consult and Copyright Do's and Don't's for Moodle.

Although you are creating a course within Moodle, which is a closed environment for your students, you still need to consider carefully the resources you are using and take care not to infringe other people’s copyright. If you have any doubts about whether you need copyright for a particular item it is always best to check first.

The Library offer an Digitised readings (Epack) service for staff interested in obtaining scanned readings for use in Moodle. If you need to create a reading list in Moodle, our creating a reading list page holds all the information.


Training and workshops

LTI offer face to face copyright training each term. See the Digital Literacy programme for details. We can also arrange one to one and small group briefings on copyright issues.

We have also developed an online course in Moodle on Copyright, the internet and teaching Online (Log in required).

More help

If you have any questions and need further information please contact:
Jane Secker
Copyright and Digital Literacy Advisor
Tel: 020 7955 6530

Listen to Jane talking about Copyright and E-learning on Youtube.

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External links

Full text of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988

Information about UK copyright law and other intellectual property rights (IPR) is available from the UK Intellectual Property Office.

Information from Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA), the UK’s reprographic rights agency. LSE have a CLA Higher Education Licence.

JISC Digital Media produced a Guide to Copyright and Digital Images.

JISC Legal provide useful information for the higher education sector on copyright and IPR issues.

The information on this page is primarily intended for LSE staff. If you are reading this from outside LSE, please feel free to view our guidance, but we do not accept any responsibility for any decisions you make as a result of this. We strongly recommend that you seek copyright advice from within your own institution.