As far as I am aware, if you are only linking to external content there are no copyright implications as you are not re-publishing the material. I believe this is also true for embedded content (mashups) as again you are not re-publishing - only drawing content through from its original location.
This is the attaction of mashups as it neatly sidesteps the horribly murky waters of copyright. However, if you get sued then we never had this conversation...
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From: Blackboard/Courseinfo userslist [[log in to unmask]] on behalf of Tim Packwood [[log in to unmask]]
Sent: 27 April 2011 14:32
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Subject: Mash-ups - What about copyright
Just a quick fact finding message from me. We are in the process of writting staff training guides/videos on our new blackboard 9 VLE and want to highlight to staff the new mashup features youtube, flickr, and slideshare.
We are aware however that there may be copyright issues when staff link to external content without seeking permission to use it.
How have others approached the issue of instructors using mash-ups with regards to copyright?
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