Copying and publication of course materials

Purpose: This document outlines Edinburgh Business School’s policy on the copying and publication of Course Materials and provides advice for students on what is and is not permitted when using Edinburgh Business School’s Course Materials for study.

Scope: The policy applies to all students studying courses offered by Edinburgh Business School.

1. Edinburgh Business School (EBS) has invested significant resources in creating and collating the
Course Materials (which shall include, without limitation, course texts of EBS and those licensed from
third parties, feedback questions and answers, case studies, exam papers, model exam answers and
explanations, multiple choice questions with answers and explanations, essay questions, simulations, digital media (including without limitation video, audio and interactive activities) and online FAQs, all in any format, together with any modifications, updates and substitutions from time to time).

2. Subject to paragraph 3 below, EBS and, where applicable, its licensors will remain the owner of the intellectual property rights in the Course Materials. As such, students shall not modify, copy, reproduce, re-publish, sub-license, sell, upload, broadcast, transmit, share, lend, hire, disseminate or distribute in any way the Course Materials without the prior written consent or EBS or, where applicable, its licensors.

3. Students may:
a. share the Course Materials (or any parts thereof) for the course on which they are enrolled
within the EBS virtual learning environment (VLE) in order to share knowledge and collaborate
with other students on that course, for academic purposes; and

b. print and download the Course Materials for their own private academic study only and not for (i)
commercial use, or (ii) distribution to others (except within the VLE). Notwithstanding the
foregoing, where the Course Materials include materials which are owned by a third party (such
as a publisher of a textbook) then students should comply with the third party’s end user licence
agreement applying to such materials.

4. Any works which are created by students from the Course Materials (including, without limitation,
translations and study notes) will be permitted by EBS for private academic study only and not for (i)
commercial use, or (ii) distribution to others (except within the VLE). Notwithstanding the foregoing,
where the Course Materials include materials which are owned by a third party (such as a publisher of a textbook) then students should comply with the third party’s end user licence agreement applying to such materials.

5. In the event that a student has generated their own study materials (in any format) from, or added their own comments or workings to, the Course Materials and distributed them to other students within the VLE then any such materials, comments or workings are not warranted or endorsed by EBS (or any of its employees, contractors or representatives) and are relied on by students entirely at their own risk.

6. Students are not permitted to post the Course Materials (or any parts thereof) or the works referred to in paragraph 4 above on any other websites or social media platforms (including, without limitation, YouTube, Twitter or Facebook).

7. Where the Course Materials contain links to third party websites then EBS shall not be responsible for the content of, and does not endorse, such websites.

8. EBS shall always have the right to remove content from the VLE at its sole discretion or suspend access to the VLE.

9. Misuse by a student of the Course Materials will be deemed to be misconduct and/or an infringement of the copyright of EBS or, where applicable, its licensors and this may lead to disciplinary or other action against the student. 

Policy Version and History
Version: 1.1
Approving authority: EBS Learning and Teaching Committee
Approval date: 17 Apr 2019
Effective date: 17 Apr 2019
Review period: Two years from date of approval
Responsible person: Director of Learning and Teaching

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