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Copyright Guide for Faculty

Lectures and workshops

This section covers use of text, diagrams and pictures. Please see separate tabs on video and tv.

You can copy a short extract from any source or use a picture or diagram if it is necessary to illustrate or reinforce your teaching; Find out more about this type of copying in the "illustration for instruction" section of the Fair Dealing guide. This exception does NOT apply to illustrations to make your presentation more appealing - the text or image must be necessary in order for you to teach the topic concerned.  Some items need to be accompanied by a specially worded notice - as outlined below.

Text from books or articles from newspapers

Our CLA licence allows us to scan extracts from books or journal articles for inclusion in presentations for GSM students on a specific course of study. The slides can be used in the classroom with those students and can be loaded onto their GSM Learn module page. You do need to reference your use by including a notice at the end of the presentation. The notice can be seen in the CLA section of this guide.

Content from certain newspapers covered by our NLA licence can be used in presentations. For more information see the Newspapers section of this guide. Any copies used in lecture slides need to carry the following strapline:  "NLA licensed copy. No further copies may be made except under licence"

If you would like to use pictures to make your presentation more engaging

There are plenty of copyright-free images that can be used to improve the appearance of presentations and learning materials. Alternatively permission can be sought to use material where someone else owns the copyright. For guidance on use of copyright-free material and images, please see GSM's Guide to Getting the most from Free Resources.

Adding Brand and Company Logos to slides and teaching materials

There are copyright and trademark rights in company brand logos and insignia

Fair Dealing exceptions require that the use of an image is necessary.  It is often hard to argue that the inclusion of a company logo is necessary when the company name could have been used instead. There is also the risk of creating the impression that the use of the logo implies affiliation or endorsement.

If you cannot clearly demonstrate that use of the logo is necessary for a fair dealing exception, then permission must be sought before using a company logo or brand image or insignia.

Note that the incidental copying of a logo is allowed (if you are copying a journal or newspaper article which includes a picture of a logo for example).

Note also that the logos and insignia for public bodies are excluded from the Open Government Licence and the Open Parliament LIcence.