Dutch copyright in images and audio
Image and Audio in Academia
SURF’s aim is to set up a system of umbrella licences for images and audio. In order to make the necessary arrangements, SURFdirect negotiated with the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision (NIBG), with the Dutch public broadcasting associations, and with Buma/Stemra (the organisation that administers the copyright of composers and lyricists). The result was a licence allowing institutions of higher education to use material held by the Dutch public broadcasting organisations. Thanks to this “Academia licence”, SURFmedia can make large numbers of older and more recent films and television programmes available.
Digital image banks and copyright
A recent study has revealed that institutions of higher education and research are making increasing use of digital image banks. However, widespread use of such image banks is being impeded by fears of lawsuits related to illegal use, the expense involved, and the impenetrable nature of the relevant legal provisions. To tackle these issues, SURFdirect has conducted a survey on image banks. It also advises on the legal aspects of using such image banks.
Download the report “Digital image banks and copyright” here. [only available in Dutch]
FAQ Dutch copyright in images and audio
NB: This FAQ is in accordance with Dutch copyright law; it refers to the Dutch Copyright Act and the use of video and still images in (higher) education in the Netherlands. Although there may be similarities with copyright law in other countries, it is merely applicable to the Dutch situation.
What are you permitted to do with images and audio in higher education? This FAQ consists of six parts, each dealing with a different purpose and/or type of user:
1. General questions about copyright
2. Questions by teachers and students about watching, copying, and downloading material
3. Questions by teachers regarding the use of existing videos
4. Questions about media centres and (video) libraries
5. Questions by makers of videos
6. Questions about clearing copyright
This FAQ deals with video recordings, audio (music, sounds) and still images (photographs). “Video” is used here in the broad sense of films, video programmes, or television programmes. Video and audio material can be stored on a variety of different media (video tape, CD-ROM, DVD, computer hard disk, video server) and played by various devices (video recorder, DVD player, television, Internet). If these distinctions are relevant, they are dealt with specifically.
SURFdirect developed two leaflets (one for students and one for instructors) which institutions can use to inform about the FAQ Copyright in images and audio.