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2. Readers and re-usage in a closed learning environment

As a lecturer, am I allowed to scan a book and put it on Blackboard?

In copyright law, there are some regulations to make it easier to use copyright-protected materials for teaching purposes. For instance, a lecturer is allowed to show materials in class without permission from the copyright owner. However, scanning a complete book is not allowed, because for these instances a general rule applies, which requires asking permission from the copyright owner. The law makes an exception for pieces shorter than 10,000 words. No prior approval is needed, if a reasonable compensation is paid. That is why the Dutch universities have signed an agreement with publishers concerning readers, which also allows for use in closed learning environments. For longer pieces of texts, permission needs to be granted by Stichting PRO. You can find a portal to ask permission and a word counter on their website.

Furthermore, in most cases the library allows re-usage of licensed materials in the closed learning environment. It is allowed to use links to make articles available for students for making a link is not the same as making a work available to the public.

At the library of the faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences the library offers support when creating readers and working links. The university library is also prepared to offer this support at other departments. Contact is Rienk Withaar ( r.g.withaar )

Last modified:11 September 2020 3.55 p.m.
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