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Getting the Most from Free Resources

Videos and films from the internet: You can safely

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  • Link or embed any YouTube video from a reputable organisation or individual  to a presentation or GSM Learn page
  • Use any Youtube video in class or lecture if you are sure it is legally uploaded (so uploaded by a reputable organisation such as the BBC)

You must acknowledge your sources. For YouTube Creative Commons videos, you should reference the CC-BY creative commons licence as well as the creator of the video.

Video and film from the internet: Think before use:

Query If your lecture is due to be recorded you should:

  • Only use Creative Commons videos or
  • Supply a link to the video alongside the recording. This is probably the more practical solution as the video is unlikely to play well from a lecture recording.

Query You can link or embed virtually any video on GSM Learn

  • If you are confident the video does not itself breach copyright. How can I tell?
  • The video does not need to be licensed on a "Creative Commons" basis for linking or embedding. You can link and embed videos even where rights are 'reserved'.

Query You can clip a video if the licence allows it. All Creative Commons videos on YouTube are Creative Commons Attribution CC-BY. This means you can 'clip' extracts from a long video so students only need to watch the relevant portion.


Which videos on YouTube and Vimeo are Creative Commons?

When you play a video on YouTube, there is a "Published on" date below the video. Under that there a link to "SHOW MORE"  licensing information is in that SHOW MORE section. Essentially unless it says "creative commons" , we cannot safely copy the video ro embed it in GSM Learn pages. In some cases, where licence information does not appear, we need to assume that YouTube retains the copyright and that the item can be linked to but not copied, saved or embedded.  


On Vimeo, licence information is just under the video

In the absence of information about licensing, you need to assume that you cannot copy or clip the video without the creator's permission


TED Talks and Khan academy

You can hyperlink to the YouTube version of TED Talks. Any copying, saving or embedding needs to be done using the version of the video that appears on  the TED website and only if the use complies with these terms: 

Khan academy 

You can link to Khan academy videos that appear on YouTube but not embed them unless they are clearly marked as "creative commons". Khan Academy content can be embedded, saved or copied in line with the policy here. In any instances where the meaning of the policy is not entirely clear you would need to hyperlink to the content or refer to the Khan Academy before copying, saving or embedding.