Copyright Protection in Online Distance Education
Copyright laws applied to distance education are notoriously piecemeal, and replete with requirements and vague terminology, possibly because there is no such thing as a typical ‘distance education course’. More specifically the stand-alone ‘Web course’ cannot be adequately defined as one kind of copyright work. ‘Web course’ is better defined as ‘an event of instruction that finds its expression as a learning event’. Applying this definition to specific cases would require evidence about instructional events and how they are manifested in learning, not just the presence or absence of website text or code for example, although these may be protected as literary works if there were intended for the purpose of learning. Photographs, website artwork, video and music clips would be protected as artistic works if they are applied toward an educational end.
30 Nov -0001
, Newfoundland and Labrador
Strategic Research Theme
Community and Regional Development
Information and Communication Technology