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Copyright & COVID-19: Help & Resources: For lecturers

Who can give copyright advice?

What does the CLA licence let you do?

What can you share with students?

  • You can share open educational resources (or works in the public domain)
  • You can link out to freely available online resources that are not openly licensed
  • You may be able to share a limited amount of copyrighted content such as published books with students as part of live-streamed or recorded online instruction via CANVAS, as it is a restricted Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) behind Single Sign-On (SSO)
    • You will need to acknowledge the copyright holder
  • The CLA licence terms for Higher Education have been amended for COVID-19 until the end of July 2021.
  • You can give your students a persistent, proxy link to resources in SOLO - ask a librarian via or Live Chat


Open educational resources (OER)

  • Open licenses are added by the copyright holder and give permission in advance for the kinds of use needed for teaching and learning: to download and save a local copy, make revisions, and share widely, without violating copyright
  • Open educational resources are available for free online
  • Open educational resources can be made more accessible
    • If you need accessible documents, please contact the Bodleian’s Accessible Resources Unit (ARACU) -
  • For sources of OER content, please see the OER tab of this LibGuide and 'Keeping Oxford Reading'.


Copyright and e-learning : a guide for practitioners

by Jane Secker and Chris Morrison (2016)

The entire e-book is available to members of the University via SOLO -

Facet Publishing has made some chapters publicly available temporarily:

Last updated 15 April 2020


This content is adapted from Open Oregon Educational Resources Copyright in a Crisis Guidelines and licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.