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Using other people's materials in your teaching

Aston Replay

Aston Replay lets staff record teaching sessions, or flip the classroom to record content to distribute to students in advance. Students can then search and replay sections to enhance understanding and review for revision purposes. Any third party materials included in the recording i.e. videos, images or extracts from written materials can be included if you are satisfied that you are covered under one of the exceptions to the CPDA

Aston Replay

Criticism and Review

Another exception in the CDPA permits acknowledged fair dealing for criticism and review,  with works that have been made available to the public. Criticism and review has been interpreted widely by the courts to cover the quality, style, thoughts, themes and social and moral implications of a work, but not, for example, the author’s general conduct. Criticism and review is not limited to non-commercial activities and may permit the use of a whole work, for example an image or a poem.

Open University

The university currently holds a licence to use Open University material. For information about copyright and the Open University please refer to Kim Dance.

Materials for Teaching

  • The University's CLA licence permits multiple copies, print or scanned, to be created for teaching purposes, under certain conditions, as long as the number of copies made does not exceed the number of students on the course specified
  • Some types of material e.g. newspapers, are not covered by the licence, please see the CLA website for details
  • All scans should be requested via the Module Reading list on the Blackboard module, by selecting the YES drop down option under Request scanned copy of this item?  when adding the item to the list, (this option only appears the first time the item is added) or by contacting your Information Specialist
  • Only Library Services staff are designated as able to legally scan teaching materials under the terms of the licence
  • Library Services will check for compliance, create the scan and add it to the Reading List of the relevant module for you
  • Multiple photocopies for teaching should be reported to the Library for inclusion in the annual CLA report
  • Do not upload electronic content from databases unless you are sure this is permissible - please check with Library Services
  • Detailed information is available on the Copyright Licensing Agency web site.



The University pays an annual fee for a Newspaper Licence from the Newspaper Licensing Agency which allows staff and students to copy (hard copy only) on an ad hoc basis from all national titles and up to 20 regional titles. The licence also allows certain staff to copy on a digital basis from all the nationals (excluding The Times, The Sunday Times and the Sun) and regional titles. The Newspaper Licence is held in Marketing and Communications. Any enquiries can be directed to Alex Earnshaw, Marketing & Communications, ext 4549

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Illustration for Instruction

The CPDA 1988 exception permits fair dealing with a work for the sole purpose of illustration for instruction, provided it is:

  • for a non-commercial purpose
  • by a person preparing for or giving or receiving instruction (including setting and answering examination questions)
  • accompanied by a sufficient acknowledgement (author’s name and title of work), except where impractical

There is no precise definition of what dealing would be fair, but you should consider:

  •  the proportion of the original that is copied, ie, not more than is absolutely necessary, 
  • the audience which would have access to the material, i.e. more likely to be fair when placed on the VLE and not freely available on the Internet
  • whether the copying would detract from  the owners right to make money from their property.

Illustration is also not defined, but is likely to be interpreted to mean a copy can be used to illustrate or reinforce a point, but not for decorative purposes.

So, providing the copying meets these criteria, it would be permissible to copy text for inclusion in a Powerpoint presentation for use in a lecture or on Blackboard.