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Use Brightspace when you need to share material with your students. Do not use Dropbox, Facebook, e-mails, etc., to share copyright-protected material.

The Copyright Act does not allow you to simply share material without restriction. However, if you share via a secure closed network such as Brightspace, you may, as a lecturer, take advantage of the agreements that Aarhus University and Aarhus University Library has entered into with rights holders:

  • The Copydan agreements entitle you to scan text and images from a printed publication and to make digital copies of material from freely available websites - read more under Scanning material and Images.
  • AU Library's licence agreements allow you to upload certain e-articles and e-book chapters in PDF - read more under Material from the Internet.

None of the agreements allow you to simply upload anything to Brightspace, but they do considerably improve your ability to share material legally. You are permitted to leave the material on the course portal when the semester is over. 


If you produce video material yourself, please select your publishing platform carefully. Use a platform that offers a number of copyright advantages.

For more information on copyright and e-learning go to undervislovligt.dk