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All about copyright in higher education

Students, lecturers, and researchers will come across copyright. For your assignment, publication, or in the classroom, you will use sources of others. You can read all about copyright here and what this means for your work.


Linking to content

Linking to content

Linking to images, videos and sound fragments (clips) on the internet is always allowed.
The material needs to have been made public with the author’s permission so that usage is lawful.

Open content

Open content

Images and audio-(visual) works with a license allowing re-use, can be downloaded and used without any problems. Often these works have a Creative Commons license including all possibilities for usage. The rules for referring to sources also apply to Open Content works.  Work of the Public Domain are no longer copyrighted. You can re-use these, adapt them, and distribute them. A source reference or author reference is not mandatory.

Making use of citation law

Making use of citation law

In the same way as you can quote text, it is also allowed to use images and audio-(visual) works as a quote. Adhere to the following rules:

  • The quote must make the narrative clearer or support it, and cannot just be used for embellishment.
  • The size of the quote must relate to the goal to be achieved. In practice this means short fragments of audio-(visual) works
  • Images may be ‘fully’ quoted.
  • The work from which is quoted must have been lawfully disclosed, with permission of the creator.
  • You may not make any changes to the quoted fragment or image.
  • You must refer to the source.

Extensive information about making, distributing, and using images and works can be found on the pictoright website.

Film and audio use

Film and audio use

You can show or play a complete film, audio work or documentary for free and without permission, if you meet the following requirements:

  • The screening during class or project group has an educative purpose and is part of the education programme
  • Screening needs to take place in the building of the school
  • Screening takes place for the educative purpose without any monetary profit
  • If you want to use a video or sound fragment of internet, play it directly (streaming).
  • Downloading first and then showing is prohibited unless otherwise stated on the license

Please check for FAQ about using sound and images for educational purposes.

Source: Network of Copyright Information Sources, September 2012


Je mag een complete film, audiowerk of documentaire gratis en zonder toestemming vertonen of afspelen, mits hierbij aan de volgende voorwaarden is voldaan:

  • Afspelen heeft een educatief doel tijdens de les of werkgroep en het is onderdeel van het onderwijsprogramma
  • Afspelen moet binnen de muren van de onderwijsinstelling plaatsvinden
  • Het afspelen vindt plaats in  het kader van onderwijs zonder winstoogmerk
  • Wil je een video of geluidsfragment van internet gebruiken speel deze rechtstreeks af (streamen). Eerst downloaden en dan vertonen is verboden tenzij de licentie dit toestaat. 

Kijk voor de veel gestelde vragen over gebruik van beeld en geluid binnen het onderwijs op de website

Bron: Netwerk Auteursrechteninformatiepunten, september 2012

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