Copyright Issues for digital material and its distribution
Citable Link (URL):http://resolver.sub.uni-goettingen.de/purl?gs-1/12834
First published (peer reviewed)In: König, Gerhard; Lehmann, Hartmut; Köhring, Robert (Eds.) WG VI/1-2 Tools and Techniques for E-Learning
Proceedings of the ISPRS working group VI/1 - VI/2
ISPRS Archives, 2005
Passing on information within the traditional model of teaching face-to-face had been mostly volatile and for a circumscribed audience. It therefore required less attention on possible copyright infringements unless the courses had been published outside this audience. E-learning due to its digital existence offers new possibilities of archiving, re-use and distribution. Hence the scientific communities worldwide have been developing networked public repositories and retrieval mechanisms. These new information structures now allow worldwide verification of contents that so far were only locally available. In order to fully use the potential of e-learning materials special care is needed to avoid unwanted copyright infringements or other legal problems. This refers to the local teaching situation as well as to storage, reuse and distribution – be it via local intranets or the internet. The paper gives a general introduction to the legal concepts of intellectual property right and copyright, looks at the different use-scenarios of elearning material and analyses potential problems like copyright infringements. A few practical examples are used to show one hand national characteristics of the respective legal framework and on the other hand material-specific problems.