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Material from the Internet

Finding relevant course material online can be quick and easy, but it can be much more difficult to assess whether or not you may share this material with your students. The main rules are:

You are permitted to link directly to e-articles and e-books

Linking directly to e-articles and e-books is permitted when the material itself has been made freely available legally or AU Library has purchased access to the material. See how you can ensure that your links also work from home.

Uploading articles and book chapters to Blackboard is sometimes permitted

If you have downloaded material from a database, an e-journal or an e-book that you only have access to because you are employed at AU, then it is AU Library's licence agreement with the relevant publisher which determines what you are permitted to do with the material:

Free material on the Internet is also protected by copyright

Freely available  material on the Internet, e.g. websites, reports or Open Access articles, are also protected by copyright. You may, however, share such material with your students if the rights holder has clearly marked that file-sharing is permitted via a Creative Commons license or via a note in the document, or on the website.

Aarhus University's Copydan agreement [Copydan Writing] also permits the posting of material on Blackboard, albeit with the following limitations:

  • You are permitted to copy (upload) 20% of an item (providing it does not exceed 50 pages), per student per semester.


The report Social ulighed i Sundhed is freely available on the Danish Health Authority’s website. It is 56 pages: You are permitted to print or upload 11 pages of the report.

With webpages, the 20 % is calculated from the total number of webpages on the website. This might be difficult to determine, but as a rule of thumb, you may print or upload the equivalent to 50 printed pages.

If the material you would like to share exceeds the Copydan limits, then link to it instead.

Remember to cite the source

Whether you link to or upload material, always remember to acknowledge the source: Title, author and publisher.