Tips for Using Copyrighted Material in Moodle

When incorporating copyrighted material into your Moodle course, it is important to understand that how that material will be used determines which rules and guidelines apply.  When use of Moodle replicates face-to-face classroom with teacher and students simulatenously viewing and discussing the material online USC 17 § 110 (2), commonly known as the TEACH Act, applies.  However, if the material you place on Moodle is for students to view at a time of their own choosing outside of the scheduled class period, you need permission in to order to place a copy of the material on Moodle.    

One way to avoid the time-consuming process of obtaining permission to use every document or video you may wish to is to link to the original source of the document rather than copying it to your Moodle course.  When linking make sure you use persistent or durable URLs  or web addresses.  In fulltext library databases, these persistent URLs are located in a specified field within each record.


EBSCOhost databases
Persistent link to this record (Permalink):

Films on Demand
Title URL:

Proxy Server

If your students need to access these links from off campus, you will also need to add Union College's proxy server address to the URLs.  The address is The proxy server address precedes the document URL.