The Copyright Toolkit
There are many legal textbooks on the subject of intellectual property, or, more specifically, copyright. Many briefing documents have also been produced which aim to make senior university managers and others in the field of education aware of the need to manage copyright so as to reduce institutional liability. This toolkit is not aimed specifically at these audiences. Instead, it provides practical, pragmatic advice, within an understanding of the legal framework, on how to license copyright works, who to approach, how best to approach them and how to negotiate the best deal.
The toolkit addresses the needs of those whose job involves clearances of third-party materials. You may be a project manager, new to the responsibilities for ensuring such clearances are undertaken, or perhaps your role extends to some wider issues involving copyright and course content production. You may be new to the business of producing course materials and making them available in new and developing technologies, which may include Open Educational Resources (OER’s) and may find the management of copyright clearances a barrier to production rather than a route to exploitation. You may not have time to research difficult-to-access sources of information for relevant practical advice and guidance. The toolkit will provide you with the equivalent of the advice one might normally seek from a more experienced colleague in the workplace.
This toolkit can be used in many ways. For example, it can be as part of an induction programme for new staff, to re-enforce existing knowledge of copyright within an institution, or to support best practices within your business, etc.
If you are a first-time user of the toolkit, new to your job, or inexperienced in copyright and rights clearance issues, you are recommended to begin with the introductory exercise (greetings card activity). The questions in the exercises have been designed to build up copyright knowledge, beginning at a most basic level of understanding. These exercises should be followed in sequence order to benefit from each learning outcome.