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Lecturer as creator of work

Copyright Information

Copyright is, in short, the right of the creator of a work to determine how, where, and when the work is disclosed and reproduced. As a creator, you don't need to do anything specific to be the actual creator of your own work. You become a creator when you create original work.

The copyright on publications by AUAS (Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences) lecturers belongs to the AUAS (see the collective labor agreement for universities of applied sciences, article E-7 ), unless other agreements have been made.

AUAS Educational Material

Ensure that documents you create on behalf of the programme and share with students are recognizable as AUAS educational material:

  • Use the AUAS corporate design template, including the AUAS logo.
  • Include the faculty, program, subject, year, and creator.

If the material was not created at AUAS, always mention the source.

Preparation of Lectures

See above, under the heading ‘AUAS Educational Material’.

During Lectures

In class, you may display anything, as it falls within the so-called educational exception.

After Lectures

When making the presentation available on Brightspace, adhere to conditions regarding image usage:

  • Max. 50 images per presentation (more images or animations are considered to lose their educational purpose outside of class).
  • Max. 25 images from a single publication per presentation.
  • Max. 10 images from a single creator per presentation.
  • Use images only if they contribute to the educational content, not for decoration.
  • Or use royalty-free images.
  • Always mention the source. Learn more about image attribution on the webpage Teacher as (re)user.

Do not upload presentations without proper source attribution.

As an alternative, create a schematic (outline) representation of the presentation. Provide a simplified version on Brightspace after the lecture. Inform your students in advance that the same version will not be available. Learn how to create an outline view on ‘Create and print a presentation in Outline view - Microsoft Support ’.

The study programme is responsible for ensuring that presentations from guest lecturers also comply with copyright conditions when made available on Brightspace.

AUAS teachers may include pages from books or journals in a reader (print) or on Brightspace (digital) for educational purposes.

Sharing entire publications

Some publishers allow the inclusion of entire publications for educational purposes. You can check if this is permitted in CataloguePlus.

  1. Go to CataloguePlus .
  2. Search for your title, for example, "Jansen Social Marketing."
  3. Click on the correct title.
  4. Halfway down the page, you will find a button "Show license"; click on it.
  5. Now you will see the "License Terms":
  • Course Pack Electronic (such as Brightspace): permitted;
  • Course Pack Printed (in print): permitted.

If including the entire publication is not allowed, then include an excerpt (with limits)

The AUAS pays publishers an annual fixed fee for the reuse of copyrighted material in education. If you want to use publications for which no permission is indicated in CataloguePlus, then the conditions of the Easy Access Scheme apply:

  1. Up to 50 pages, AND
  2. Up to 25% of the entire publication, AND
  3. Proper source attribution.


  • From a 200-page book or journal, you can take a maximum of 50 pages.
  • From a 50-page book or journal, you can take a maximum of 12 pages.

Good to know

Linking to an article or book is always allowed, provided that the source is legal. For example, a publisher is a legal source. Piratebay is not a legal source.

Content of readers

When making the reader, you will likely use the work of others. In that case, as a teacher, you are not the creator but a (re)user of someone else's work.

Images (tables, graphs, drawings)

  • Always mention that you are the creator of the image.
  • Your image may be inspired by existing images, but it must be a new work rather than a copy.

Photos and videos

Keep in mind that when photographing or creating videos, the intellectual property of creators of buildings, objects and artworks comes into play. Intellectual property law protects creations of people, such as a song, an invention, a book, or a brand. To learn more about intellectual property rights at AUAS, also read the Intellectual Property and Knowledge Valorization Regulation (in Dutch) and the Guideline on Intellectual Property between student and institution (in Dutch) .

  • Always seek permission from individuals before photographing them and using/distributing the photos.
  • Make use of the AUAS corporate identity in videos .
  • It is not permitted to upload/publish videos created by lecturers for educational purposes at the AUAS on platforms such as YouTube.

For information on recording and streaming web lectures, you can find more details on the AUAS webpage Audio and Video .

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Published by  HvA Library 6 February 2024