• For employees:
• Ownership of learning materials are transferred to
• For external authors:
• Copyrights of learning materials are transferred to
• For all courses a registration is available of copyrights
• NC: wish of the OUNL
• Unclear what NC includes
• Solution: description on website
Description NC: allowed
• (re)use of the course materials by learners for
their own development;
• use of the course materials (whether or not in
edited form) by teachers for their lessons, given
to educational institutions which are publicly
Description NC: Not allowed
• use in legal entities affiliated to educational
institutions with a commercial purpose,
• Postgraduates (PAO) education
• use by commercial companies
• Dates back to 2011
• Aim: what license is used by members of the
Open Courseware Consortium?
• 201 sites viewed of which 82 sites were not
taken into account (remains 119 sites)
Is the original course produced before 1997?
Does the original course have literally reuse of texts that is
used in the open course?
Is the author an employee of OUNL?
Are images of the original course used in the open course?
Is software of the original course used in the open course?
Lessons learned (1)
• Registration of copyrights is an asset!
– Immediately clear who are copyright owners
• Acquiring permission to publish is relatively easy
– In most cases permitted
– Sometimes conditional:
• one-time redemption
• Only permitted for this site, no reuse
• Not printable
• Supply weblink to site of owner
Lessons learned (2)
• Important to relieve this burden for the author
– Support from knowledgeable experts on copyrights invaluable
– Form worked well