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Copyright Toolkit: use of multimedia in learning environments

Thu 18th Sep, 2008

Eduserv have launched a new online resource that aims to help people in the education sector who use digital resources such as audio, images and videos, understand the copyright issues involved.  The Copyright Toolkit is free to use, and includes helpful background information about copyright law and a set of interactive exercises to help people understand the underlying principles behind the legal requirements.

Aimed at lecturers, librarians, sound and vision technicians and those who negotiate for use of third party copyright resources, it is primarily designed as a resource for private study but elements, such as the video podcast, would also be useful for staff training seminars.

The Copyright Toolkit was created by Copy-Right Consultants, a consulting group with a strong background in copyright and IPR gained at the Open University. The project has been funded by Eduserv, a not-for-profit IT services organisation which provides sustainable, shared IT services and funds research and development in order to realise the benefits of ICT for learning and research.

The Toolkit provides a welcome introduction to the law of copyright, and the practicalities of the rights clearance process.  The podcast will be valuable not just for academics who want to use copyrighted works in their teaching, but also for senior management responsible for providing effective rights clearance mechanisms in their institutions.

The Copyright Toolkit is available online and has been published under a Creative Commons licence.

Free event to accompany the toolkit

Eduserv are organising a free event in Bristol on Tuesday 4th November which will include an introduction to Copyright Law and guidance about how to use the Toolkit. For more details about this event and to register please visit