Copyright and Finding Third Party Materials
Copyright and Teaching
Public Domain Materials
Open access books
Open access textbooks
Open access journals and articles
Open access images
When planning a MOOC, here are some general questions to ask when evaluating third party material (image, text, video, etc.):
Whenever possible, you should try to use open access content for your MOOC.
For more information on finding open access content, particularly images go to: http://guides.library.upenn.edu/open_access_images
If that is not possible, there are many stock photo image site which you can use to find licensed content (links available on the left side of this page)
For those who are participating in Coursera (https://www.coursera.org/), the massive open online course (MOOC) platform used by Penn and many other universities, there are special copyright considerations.
For a Coursera course, utilization of fair use is limited. Instructors can usually rely on fair use if they do the following:
Textbook publishers may be willing to authorize use of the image content and other materials from a textbook in your recorded lectures, if the text is a recommended resource for the course. Some journals, too, may be willing to authorize use of articles or content taken from articles (or "portions of articles") in course lectures and recommended readings. Moreover, faculty who are the original authors of such articles are more likely to obtain permissions for these uses.
Publishers currently working with Coursera to include textbooks and other required readings:
General copyright issues in this guide for Coursera and MOOCs is based on guidelines authored by Kevin Smith, Duke University and Madelyn Wessel, University of Virginia. It also attempts to summarize information found at the Coursera site for instructor support.