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Durham University

Computing and Information Services

Asserting Copyright

Who owns the copyright?

In the case of written (including software and databases) theatrical, musical or artistic (including photographic) works, the author or creator of the work is also the first owner of any copyright in it. In the case of a film, the principal director and the film producer are joint authors and first owners of the copyright (and the economic rights). Similar provisions to those referred to above, apply where the director is employed by someone.

In the case of a sound recording the author and first owner of copyright is the record producer, in the case of a broadcast, the broadcaster; and in the case of a published edition, the publisher.

The only exception to this is where the work is made by an employee in the course of his or her employment. In some situations two or more people may be joint authors and joint owners of copyright.

Academic Staff and Research Students (acting as demonstrators, tutors, teaching assistance)

Creating Teaching Materials

Employees engaged in creating video in the course of their work for the University e.g. developing teaching materials that will go into the vle (duo) or on a website, should clearly state the University’s copyright entitlement to the material. 

As a minimum:

© [date] Durham University

You may prefer a more complete statement

© [date] Durham University, name of lecturer, name of lecture/programme/seminar, licence under which the recording is available for use

There may be times when you want to make the work available under Creative Commons Licence for others to use and/or adapt. Select the most appropriate Creative Commons Licence to support your intentions with regard to how you want the material to be shared from the copyright and creative commons licencing for academic work.

Using Video for Feedback to Students

A copyright statement is neither needed nor appropriate on the recorded feedback on students’ assessment.

Undergraduates and Taught Postgraduates

If you are an undergraduate or taught postgraduate creating a video for your personal learning or assessment you own the copyright. We recommend that you state your copyright clearly in the material.

© [date] [name]

You may wish to make video that is not used for assessment available to others for use/adaption using Creative Commons Licences. Review Copyright and Creative Commons Licencing for Academic Work to gain an understanding of what the CC Licences mean.