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Copyright FAQ's for Using Online Library Resources in Brightspace

Can I post or upload PDF's directly to my Brightspace course?

  • Posting or uploading PDF's directly to your Brightspace course is generally okay if the PDF has a Creative Commons license that allows it. Otherwise, the preferred option for most PDF's that you find through the Library's online resources is to use a stable URL to link back to the PDFIf you are unable to find the stable URL, please contact us for help.

Is it acceptable to scan book chapters or articles and upload them to my Brightspace course?

  • Scanning a small portion, one chapter for example, typically falls under fair use. However, in light of vast campus closures, copyright experts from across the country have put together a statement, suggesting that fair use will cover a lot more than normal in this situation. For help assessing the amount of a book/other material that can be posted online, please contact Leila Sterman, our Scholarly Communication Librarian. 
  • Additionally, the Library does subscribe to many eBook providers, and we'd be happy to help you find out if we have a title available electronically. Many of our eBooks do allow for unlimited, simultaneous use. We can also help you figure out if the book you want to use allows for this. If the book you are using is in the public domain then it is acceptable to post in it's entirety (this applies to all works published before 1925). 

Can I make a copy of a DVD I own available to stream via my Brightspace course?

  • Not without permission. It is acceptable to stream short clips from movies - in fact, many of the streaming video databases the Library subscribes to provide users with direction on how to do this. If you need help finding movies in a streaming format, please contact us. During this time, many online services are willing to work with us to provide streaming access to movies that the Library already owns in another format. We are happy to work with these providers to get access set up for you! 

Who should I contact about licensing or access questions?

Library Subscription Resources with Extended and Pro Bono Access

View a community-sourced list of video and other licensed content that library vendors are making available on free or modified terms to help schools transition to teaching online. This is a list ONLY for subscription or licensed content that is now being made available for free or on significantly reduced/discounted terms.

The following resources may be of particular interest to the MSU community: 

Streaming Video Services: 

  • Kanopy: With the support of select content partners like First Run Features, Samuel Goldwyn, Collective Eye Films, FilmRise, Films We Like, Media Education Foundation and NYX and more, Kanopy is putting together a collection of films to watch at no cost for the next 30 days (DOWNLOAD THE FREE FILM GUIDE). Starting Monday, March 16th, 2020, all selections from Kanopy's 'The Great Courses' will be available to use at no additional cost through May 31, 2020
  • Docuseek: Docuseek has worked out an arrangement with its distribution partners, Bullfrog Films and Icarus Films, to make any of their titles on Docuseek available for educational streaming, at no charge, as long as the school has a legally-acquired copy of the title (any format), through June 30. Contact Rachelle or Hannah for assistance to get access to a film through Docuseek. 


Save Your Students Money with OER

Open educational resources (OER) are a type of academic material that includes textbooks and course materials.  These resources are openly licensed, so they are freely available to you and your students today and every day. Access fees, time restrictions, extra fees for homework systems and digital formats, can all serve as barriers to student success.   Open educational resources reduce those barriers and provide equitable student access without financial barriers.

OER and the Bookstore:  Already planning to change your summer or fall courses to OER or other open access materials?  It is important that you report this to the MSU Bookstore. The Bookstore highly supports faculty moving to OER or other more affordable options! They still need to know what materials you are adopting. Whatever you choose, they help students access them, digitally and physically. They are also anticipating faculty needing to change summer and/or fall book orders.  If you make a change, just let them know. They will work with you to get that information out to students.

Digital AND Print:  Yes, OER are free digital resources. However, their unique copyright allows  the printing of these resources. In fact, some can even be purchased commercially, like through Amazon. The MSU Bookstore offers a fast print-on-demand service for faculty and students using OER texts. That’s right, you can get a print copy of your textbook for a very low cost. OER textbooks, color-printed and bound, typically range from $15 to $30 to print. This is an affordable and accessible option for faculty and students’ different learning needs.