A Legacy of W.K. Kellogg

Content Ownership and Copyright in an Online Course

There are two aspects of content and copyright in the online environment: What you and your students create, and what you use that other people create

What You and Your Students Create

According to Cal Poly Pomona's policy on intellectual property, you as a faculty member own the course materials that you create except under rare circumstances (which you would probably already know about if they applied). For example, if you create a great set of videos, they are yours – you don't HAVE to let other faculty in your department use them.

Students own the works they produce for classes. You must specifically request permission before using students' work for anything other than evaluating their performance. For example, ask before exhibiting one student’s excellent project as a model for other students.

What Other People Create That You Use

Copyright is complicated. Here's the TL;DR* version: Assume that any image, article, video, sound, or item, IS copyrighted unless you can prove otherwise.

There's some latitude for using copyrighted materials in educational settings. These exceptions are covered under the Fair Use Act and, for digital materials, the TEACH Act.

Here are three excellent resources about copyright:

*Too long; didn't read