Copyright – YouTube and TeacherTube

Here I go again, trying to explain about copyright responsibilities to teachers. Always, when I mention copyright to teachers, a glazed look comes into their eyes. Although I try to put copyright as simply as I can, many answer “but it’s for teaching” when they want to make a copy of something that is under copyright regulations. Recently the AISV has sent schools some guidelines (Smartcopying site – NEALS) on copyright and YouTube and TeacherTube use in schools.

The first PDF discusses YouTube use by teachers. It is very similar to previous video regulations or what I regard as being a logical extension of what we have had in the past.

  • Don’t use content that is likely to be infringing copy.
  • Only use YouTube for teaching purposes, with no commercial benefit.
  • Don’t expose the content to further copying.
  • Only use what you need.
  • Check if it is available commercially.

Whilst YouTube allows you to watch videos for free, you may not copy them for you classes although you can stream them to a class. I must make sure that all out teachers understand that downloading a video involves making a copy of it.  (The YouTube website also specifically states that the videos may NOT be downloaded.) The documentation also added that there may be an argument for copying videos from Australian free-to-air broadcasters as long as all the relevant details that direct free-to-air copying has required in the past are added.

A second PDF document concerns TeacherTube copying.This is liable to be of much greater interest to teachers and hopefully they will et into the habit of using this for as their first port-of-call for videos to show students. This offers teachers a much more friendly option. The document states that teachers may download vidoes for personal or classroom use as long as:

  • there is a link to TeacherTube in any presentation or any media in which the downloaded video is included
  • the author of the video is acknowledged/credited.

If they are needed for educational purposes, the videos can also by uploaded onto the school intranet or other management system as long as the above stipulations are met.

I was surprised last week, when talking to a few colleagues, the existence of teacher tube is not widely known. This gives me some encouragement that once the existence of TeacherTube is known, that more of the staff will use it (appropriately)! I have put the longer PDF documents onto our intranet and will put up a simple short explanation about YouTube and TeacherTube copyright guidelines and hope that they will be adhered to now that screening these videos is in the hands of the teachers.

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2 Responses

  1. […] Copyright – YouTube and TeacherTubeHere I go again, trying to explain about copyright responsibilities to teachers. Always, when I mention copyright to teachers, a glazed look comes into their eyes. Although I try to put copyright as simply as I can, many answer “but … […]

  2. Thanks for introducing me to teachertube. I have been on youtube for a couple of years but this is wonderful. I will definitely share this resource with others.

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