Linking to publicly available resources from an LMS
- April 20, 2020 @ 8:09amMNeiman says:
Can a company restrict an instructor from providing a link in an LMS (Canvas, Moodle, Blackboard, etc.) to content that the company has made freely available (no password, no membership requirements to access the page, etc.) on the Internet?
Copyright/permission notices below the content say, in part:
No part of this publication...may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including...any information storage and retrieval system, without permission...
For photocopy, electronic and online access, and republication requests, go to the Copyright Clearance Center. Enter the book title within the "Get Permission" search field.
But a link to the material is neither reproducing nor transmitting the content. I understand needing permission to use any content from the book that has not been publicly posted, but this seems to be a different situation.
- April 20, 2020 @ 10:39amCarrie says:
Yes, I agree with you. It is not illegal to link to a URL (at least not yet. If you lived in Europe, the situation might be different).
I can see that regarding the license, it seems to suggest that sharing a URL is not allowed, but it could be just a poorly worded sentence. In any case, I would feel comfortable sharing URLs unless you know that the URL leads to illegal content.
Thanks for this question.
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