If you need to use audio or video material for teaching and learning, copyright law affects you.
From a copyright infringement perspective, it is lower risk to post a link to a video, e.g. on than to embed or download it into your own content. Do check that it is released under a Creative Commons licence or that you have permission to use it.
The CLA licence does not cover the photocopying of maps. Library Services subscribes to the Digimap service under which copying and downloading of certain Ordnance Survey material is permissible. For access to Digimap please go to the A-Z list of databases.
Using Images in your teaching or research materials can make them more attractive to read and clearer to understand. However it is not ok to use images, even if openly available on the Internet, without checking if it is legal to do so.
Can I usethis image? http://www.labnol.org/internet/credit-images-flowchart/18943/
There are some very litigious rightsholders out there, and It is often very hard to track down ownership.
"Orphan " items are ones where the rightsholders are not known. The EU is trying to make these items available for use under Directive 2012/28/EU and more information can be found here
Best practice would advise you to:
A film or broadcast may be played in lectures to an audience of staff, students and others directly connected with the University for the purposes of instruction only. However this does not cover recreational or promotional activities, e.g. a general film club or during open days. Any non-instructional playing of films would need to be covered by a licence from companies like Filmbank.
Biosciences Image bank – free licensed images for Education http://www.bioscience.heacademy.ac.uk/imagebank/
Flickr – advanced search, cc licensed https://www.flickr.com/search/advanced/
Geograph – photos of Britain and Ireland http://www.geograph.org.uk/
Google Image - enter search term, then click on search tools under the search box, and choose usage rights http://www.google.com/imghp
VADS - visual arts images http://www.vads.ac.uk/
Wikimedia Commons - A repository of public domain and freely-licensed educational media content from the Wikimedia Foundation https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page
Aston has an Educational Recording Agency (ERA) licence allowing for educational use of copyright protected material. This allows the following non-commercial activities:
For help and advice, please contact Jeremy Batt ( Associate IT Director - Applications) email@example.com
Using extracts from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other social media sites can be a copyright minefield. Check the web sites carefully for information and get permission where possible so it doesn't blow up in your face!