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OERs and their Rights

On Thursday I attended the BUFVC’s course ‘Copyright Clearance for Print, Broadcast and Multimedia Production’. It was led by Alma Hales and Bernadette Atwell of the Open University’s Rights Department. This department has over 25 years experience in obtaining rights and this was evident in the content of the course which I would certainly recommend.

Rather than give a lengthy review I will post questions and thoughts as they occur to me. My first is: Do other Universities involved in this project have a dedicated ‘rights department’ – or something like it? A dedicated ‘rights person’ perhaps (not just someone with an interest in copyright law, but someone who deals with clearance requests and rights management as part of their job)? Or are the OU unusual in this respect because of the nature of their courses?

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