Copyright in teaching materials

Copyright agreements with publishers must be followed when publishing educational resources on Blackboard or in a reader. This page informs you about the university’s current copyright agreements. Contact us when you need more information on this topic.

Copyright agreement with Stichting Pro

Dutch universities (VSNU) and Stichting PRO have an agreement on using copyright protected material in readers and on BlackBoard. Articles and book chapters up to 50 pages, and not exceeding more than 25% of the entire book or journal issue, can be used without permission.

However, university policy requires instructors to provide hyperlinks to documents instead of using the full text when possible. This policy reduces the annual fee that the university must pay for copyrighted material. This fee is based on actual use. In short, the more instructors use full-text documents, the more the university must annually pay. In contrast, linking to copyrighted material is free of charge.

Using copyrighted publications in course readers and on Blackboard

University policy requires instructors to provide publications as a hyperlink and not as a PDF on Blackboard. Using a hyperlink is always allowed and free of charge.

    What kinds of links should I use?

    1. Links to a legal website
      As a teacher, you cannot promote the use of illegal copies. Illegal copies are hard to recognize though, so at least refrain from the obvious ones on pirate sites.
    2. Stable links, such as DOI links
      URLs on a publisher’s website tend to change regularly. A DOI link follows these changes and redirects mostly to the right URL. Not having to repair broken links every year will save you time.
    3. EZproxy links
      An EZproxy link guarantees easy off-campus access to library sources, because it prompts students to log in. Using this link is not only a kind gesture to your students, but also lowers a hurdle for students to come to class prepared. It is recommended to use Ezproxy in combination with a DOI link.

    How do I create a DOI link?

    A DOI link consists of two components:
    http://doi.org/ + a DOI (e.g. 10.1038/nature12251) = http://doi.org/10.1038/nature12251

    The DOI or DOI link can usually be found on the first page of a journal article or an e-book chapter, on a publisher’s  website, or in the record of a publication in a database like Scopus.

    How do I create an EZproxy link?

    To create an EZproxy link, you have to add the following URL in front of a normal URL: http://library.wur.nl/WebQuery/rduser/ezproxy?url=  
    A full EZproxylink will look like this:
    http://library.wur.nl/WebQuery/rduser/ezproxy?url=http://doi.org/10.1038/nature12251

    On campus, students will have direct access (if the Library has a subscription). When off campus, students will be prompted to log in with their WUR account, after which they will have access.

    What if linking to a journal article is not possible?

    Although the Library subscribes to a large number of e-journal, not all journals are covered. If the Library does not have a subscription to a
    journal, you may use a PDF on your Blackboard or in your reader. However, to keep the annual fee low, consider if you really need the paper or if you can find another paper which is just as good.

    What if linking to a book is not possible?

    The Library increasingly offers e-books. However, most textbooks are available only as printed books. This can be a problem if you just want to use one or two chapters of the book. Contact the Library first, to find out if options for online access exist. If not, you may use a PDF, but make sure that the total amount does not exceed 50 pages and is not more than 25% of the entire book or journal issue.
    If you want to use larger portions of the book, let students buy the book
    themselves. Additional arrangements can be made with Stichting PRO or directly with a publisher, but in that case the chair group will be charged based on the number of pages and students.

    Schematic summary of PDF-linking:

    Linking publications.jpg

    How do I instruct my students on off-campus access to library sources?

    For students to make off-campus use of the library sources, the library system needs to recognize them as Wageningen University students. Being logged in on the Blackboard site is not enough to get library access. A log-in to the library website is required as well.

    For easy off-campus access, you can give your students one or more of the following instructions:

    1. Install the off-campus access button in your Favorites bar. The off-campus access button prompts you to log in for library access.
    2. Add the following EZ proxy text in front of the
      URL in the address bar: http://library.wur.nl/WebQuery/rduser/ezproxy?url=
      You will be prompted to log in for library access.
    3. Go to the library website, log in and find what you are looking for.

    The first two instructions are especially useful if students follow links to known publications. The third option is useful when students want to find additional literature and do their own searches for publications.

    Contact

    If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Library: Servicedesk Library (+ 31 317 48 6666 or servicedesk.facilities@wur.nl).

    Last updated 15 August 2017