Use hyperlinks in Blackboard to reduce copyright fees

Published on
October 13, 2017

The Association of universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) and publishers have recently renewed their agreement on using copyrighted material for educational purposes (also known as “readerregeling”). In the 2017/2018 academic year, Stichting PRO will check if Wageningen University is complying with the contract's requirements.

What does Stichting PRO check?

Stichting PRO will measure the actual use of copyrighted material in our readers and on Blackboard and check if the use matches the agreements. To avoid a huge increase in the annual fee, the university needs to keep the amount of copyrighted material in its teaching material to a minimum.   

Using copyrighted material in readers and on Blackboard is allowed to a certain extent. 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.


From now on, course coordinators have to replace as many full-text documents with hyperlinks or literature references. Clear instructions on how to do this can be found on the library website. If you foresee problems, please do not hesitate to contact the Library and/or EDUsupport, both of which support this process.

Lunch workshops

If you want some extra practical instructions on how to use copyrighted material in Blackboard, you can join one of our two lunch workshops “How to handle copyright protected materials in your BlackBoard course” on:
- 28 November 2017 in Forum C0104
- 11 January 2018 in Orion C4014
both from 12.30 till 13.15.

Please register at


The university aims to offer course materials in a legal and affordable way. Please note: it is your own responsibility to ensure that your Blackboard course or reader is free of copyrighted material.