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Copyright and Bb

Information about ownership of Bb sites and use of copyrighted materials therein.

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Princeton Office of General Counsel Copyright Page
Blackboard Site Ownership
Use of Copyright Material in Blackboard
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Blackboard Site Ownership

Who "owns" a Blackboard site?

General: A new version of a course web site is created each time that a course is offered. Each newly created web site contains what is defined as the University record part: course designation, description and semester roster. Material that is subsequently added to that incarnation of the course web site is defined as the semester record part. Ownership of the University record part of the web site remains with the University; ownership of the semester record part of the web site is assigned to the instructor. The semester record part can include content created by the instructors, AIs, students, IT staff, and possibly publishers (e.g., course cartridges containing electronic versions of course texts). Instructors must respect copyright in their treatment of the semester record part of a course we site. For example, if the web site includes a course cartridge, the instructor must respect all copyright associated with that content.

Multiple instructors: In the case of courses that are co-taught, it is recommended that a lead instructor be designated, and that this instructor retains ownership of the semester record part of the course. It is expected that the lead instructor will consult with her/his colleagues in decision-making.

Student contributions to a chat or discussion board: Instructors may wish to re-use such content in other course web sites.  While students retain ownership of the content that they post on Blackboard, the University reserves a license to re-use that content for non-commercial purposes, without attribution and in a manner that protects the privacy interests of the students. 

Substantive contributions (e.g., papers) from students and/or AIs: As copyright of such materials belongs to the author, they should not be re-used without permission.

Reuse of semester record materials by others: Because copyright of the semester record portion of a course web site resides with the instructor (except for portions authored by others), the material in that portion may not be re-used (e.g., for other course web sites) without the permission of the instructor. The instructor must in turn respect any copyrights she or he does not control.

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Use of Copyright Material in Blackboard

Do copyright restrictions apply to the material in my Blackboard site?

Yes. Please see Princeton Office of General Counsel Copyright Page

How does Blackboard help me comply with copyright restrictions?

Blackboard has several tools that can help you comply with copyright.

We encourage faculty to use our Library's E-Reserve system for copyrighted articles, video, and audio files. We then automatically put a link to the course's E-Reserves in the menu for each course. When students access the E-Reserves, they are first presented with a copyright notice. After the semester, access is disabled.

Princeton Blackboard course sites are built with one content area (Syllabus) that is public and two (Course Materials and Assignments) that are private. The instructor (but not the students) sees either of the following messages when uploading content to these areas:

PUBLIC AREA of Course Site

Item is not available.

Please do not delete the following message (which is not visible to your students) regarding copyright law. This content area (Syllabus) is available to the general public, worldwide. Please be careful that public access to the materials or links that you place in this content area does not violate copyright law.

Click on this text for further information regarding "fair use" and copyright law as they apply to the use of materials and links for educational purposes.

Click on this text for instructions on making this area unavailable to the public. Email blackboard@princeton.edu or call 609.258.0737 for assistance or further information.

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PRIVATE AREA of Course Site

Item is not available.

Please do not delete the following message (which is not visible to your students) regarding copyright law. This content area (Course Materials) is available only to those enrolled in your course site and is the most appropriate place for materials that, under copyright law or for other reasons, should not be made available to the general public. Moreover, even when placing materials in this private content area, you must be careful that doing so complies with copyright law.

Click on this text for further information regarding "fair use" and copyright law as they apply to the use of materials and links for educational purposes. To further restrict access to this material, you can use the date availability option on individual content items in Blackboard so that the materials become unavailable to students after an individual class session. You can also set the date availability for the entire course, such that the course and all of its content are no longer available to your students after the end of the course.

Click on this text for instructions on controlling access to your Blackboard course site. Email blackboard@princeton.edu or call 609.258.0737 for assistance or further information.

While uploading copyright material to your Blackboard site, one can use the Select Date(s) of Availability option to make the material unavailable when it is no longer needed for the instructional purpose intended, which generally should be no later than the end of semester.

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User Manual  Select 9.1 SP10 and SP11 from the Table of Contents, then select your role (Instructor or Student)

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