by: Pen Lister on: Feb 15, 2013


Snapshot: This page concerns what you need to know about our copyright terms and conduct, general information on copyright and the web, and you and copyright.

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The Honeywell computers which appea | Credit: Honeywell
The Honeywell computers which appea
The Honeywell computers which appea | Credit: Honeywell

About our arrangements and terms

We publish and share our content on the understanding that anyone using it will attribute the source ( and wherever possible include a full permalink to the article being used or shared. Although some of our content will have been created as part of the London Metropolitan University elearning guides and support materials, some is created outside of that sphere and some is re-used from elsewhere on the web (with suitable attribution). We would always expect professional courtesy in attribution and uses.

About using our content

You are free to share, reference and re-use our content whever you feel it is useful and relevant. Please always attribute the source wherever possible using a permalink to the specific article. If you share a pdf, be sure to attribute that too.  Please do let us know if you use our content, and if you'd like us to publicise what you're doing - we love to know where our content ends up! We currently publish using 

If your institution wishes to use our content in a strategic context, do let us know - it would be a pleasure to be a part of any university, college or school wide resources.

Currently we are licencing the content on the site with Creative Commons, using the "Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International" licence (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0). This is a provisional arrangement while we take further advice for our instituion, and with the individual contributors.

About your own content 

If you'd like some of your content included in our resources, please email us ( or use the contact form to let us know - we'll get back to you to talk further. We are always keen to incorporate any useful and interesting elearning content.

You may consider using the Creative Commons licensing system to licence your work and provide others with clear guidelines on how they can use it. Visit the Creative Commons website to find out more. Aspects to think about are: context of uses, who (if anyone) paid you to create some or all of the content, whether you want attribution, if your institution requires attribution, and so forth.

Educational Content and Copyright

A short word on general copyright in education:

Content generated by academics and practitioners is available all over the Internet. It's therefore very easy to use all sorts without really thinking about where it came from or who wrote it. Some common misconceptions to dispel are:

  • Because it's on the web means I can use it - not true
  • Because it's on the web means the author knows it is - not true
  • If I find something and then significantly change it, I'm then allowed to publish it without attribution - not true
  • If I find something and then significantly change it, it becomes mine and I can do what I like with it - not true
  • If I use something for education, I can use it anywhere and any way I like - not true
  • If I put something up on the web, I can control where it is used - not true
  • Anything I make is always owned by me solely - not always true, this depends on whether you were paid by someone to make all or part of it, how much content you have reused or quoted from others, and how significant a part it is of the new content
  • I can use anything that one of my students makes - not true, you must ask permission

About the general use of open educational content 

Here are a few great resources about or containing lots of  'Open Educational Resources'.

About using general online content

  • Using 'Google Images' (to be added)
  • Using Other people's Prezi's, Slideshare's or similar
  • Using YouTube content
  • Using Vimeo content

Please also refer to other articles on the site about copyright and online content.