In response to the COVID-19 virus threat, many educational institutions have directed their staff to develop plans to transition courses to remote instruction and an online learning environment.
Educators can follow these basic steps to begin to protect their intellectual property rights:
1. Make sure all your work — including course syllabi, PowerPoints, exams, and other course materials — includes a copyright notice. In the United States, the copyright notice generally consists of three elements:
- The © symbol, or the word ‘Copyright’ or abbreviation ‘Copr.’;
- The year of first publication of the copyrighted work;
- The name of copyright owner.
2. Tell students that posting your course materials without permission is a copyright violation;
3. Add the following line to course materials: “Reproduction of this material is prohibited without the author’s consent.”
4. Be aware of the need to check specific copyright rules when using third-party online course materials/resources.