Copyright and Legal

All teaching materials you produce as part of your employment with the University of Leeds belong to the University of Leeds.  If you use anyone else’s materials as part of your teaching you must make sure that you do so legally.

Using audio and video in learning and teaching raises a number of legal issues which you need to be aware of to ensure that you both protect the intellectual property of the University and do not expose yourself or the University to liability to third parties.

Beccy Shipman, the University Digital Content and Copyright Officer gives an overview of the copyright issues which arise.

Guidelines for Lecture Capture

University of Leeds Guidelines for Lecture Capture




Download the University of Leeds Copyright Guidelines for Lecture Capture








FAQs about the University Policy on Audio or Video Recording for Educational Purposes and legal compliance

Who owns the teaching materials I produce?

In accordance with the University’s Policy on Intellectual Property Rights in general where staff or students create teaching materials, including making audio or video recordings, all rights  (including rights in the sounds made) will belong to the University.

You can view an interactive guide explaining copyright at

The University seeks to respect student and staff rights to be acknowledged as authors and performers. Otherwise, to the extent allowed under the general law, any individual interests in the recordings are waived, allowing the University to act in effect as a custodian, to maximise educational objectives in the general interest of all.

How do I make it clear that I am the author?

Students or staff should wherever practicable look to assert a right to be identified as an author or performer. Individuals will need to come forward at the time the recording is made and assert these rights. See University guidance on when someone should be acknowledged as an author or performer.

How do I protect the University's copyright in the teaching materials I produce?

When using recordings owned by the University students and staff should always assert the University’s rights by stating (c) [year of creation] University of Leeds.

Can I use third party material?

Yes, with consent.  You should take steps to ensure that the materials you use are used in accordance with copyright and attributed correctly.  For example, a YouTube clip or research participant data may be included in a recording  only where it is lawful to do so and ethical requirements have been met.  Additional clearances may be required.  It must not be assumed that since the activity is educational “it will be all right”.  See University guidance on where further clearance may need to be sought. 

What happens if I want to remove material from a recording I make?

It is recognised that there are situations when recordings may include material that you do not wish to be published (e.g. preliminary research data).  You may edit your recording before releasing it to students and you will always be asked to confirm before a recording is published to external channels.

What action can be taken against me for breach of the policy?

As in all instances of breach of University policy, this could be a disciplinary matter. Additionally the University may ask students or staff to edit or remove inappropriate material.

What about visitors' content?

As a general default position visitors will retain their rights in their materials and in a recording made of them or by them.  However, the visitor allows the University under non-exclusive licence, the right to use the recording in the most general terms available. In particular the University may use the recording for any purpose, free of charge, in perpetuity and with the right to take legal action against any party breaching the University’s rights.  Visitors should confirm that they comply with copyright and have all the permissions to grant the University the non-exclusive licence to use any recording made of them.

For further information on copyright and legal matters please contact or visit the University Library webpages on copyright and licences.

Training Sessions

Presently there are no face-to-face workshops on copyright although there will be more advertised early in 2017. The copyright explainer provides online support at: To book yourself onto a waiting list for copyright training visit the  Training and Support pages.