Frequently asked questions about copyright.

Can I upload my Powerpoint Presentation to Scholar if it contains images I retrieved from the internet?

You can, provided that the images you are using are for educational purposes. Acknowledgements according to the APA guidelines are required. When an image is used only as decoration, you need approval of the rightful claimant. Images that have been published under a Creative Commons license are free to share and use.

Do screenshots have copyright, and how do I refer to them in a reference list?

By using the button ‘print screen’ on your keyboard you can easily take a screenshot of your computer screen. Just because you took the screenshot does not mean you can consider yourself the author of the image. The rightful owner holds the copyright to image you have captured.

A screenshot is considered a quote. Although most quotations are textual, it is allowed to quote visuals, like pictures, drawings, paintings or film as well. You can mention the original source in your reference list.


How can I trace the link of an internet image back to its source?

With TinEye it is easy to locate the original storage of an image. You can also use Google Search by image. Works residing on a website that make no mention of copyright should be presumed to be copyrighted. You can look for an image similar to the one that is copyrighted, for instance within an Open Access database.

Is it allowed to record a lecture given by a teacher and make it available online?

An (audio) recording of a class may only be made when the HAN has given permission in advance. Because the HAN holds the copyright of the material that is filmed, teachers have to ask permission from the managing board from their faculty before filming. The managing board will decide whether the lecture can be taped, used and/or re-used. It is highly recommended to document the agreements made by all parties involved. The HAN is the copyright holder of the material, which means only the managing board can sign the agreement.

Can I quote tweets or news messages I have found on the internet and publish them on my own weblog?

If you wish to use an entire text, then ask the copyright holder for permission. This also accounts for images, tweets, video’s, etc. You are allowed to publish quotes, retweets and (in almost every case) links. Sometimes you encounter images that have been released under a Creative Commons licence, which means you can make certain uses of a work without asking for permission, provided you follow the terms set by the creator.

The HAN holds the copyright to the academic works their employees create, provided that it is related to their work.

Do I have to count the words of the material I want to reuse to verify whether it counts as a short or a long copy?

No, you can apply for a word count (including images, counting for 200 words) at the Readerbureau. Send your document to your faculties’ e-mail address: Educatie, FEM, GGM or Techniek. The Readerbureau will let you know whether your document counts as a short or a long copy and will be able to advise you about the entry of the document in Scholar or in a reader. You will receive an answer within a day.

Am I allowed to embedded link an online video, for instance with a YouTube video on Scholar?

Yes you are. An embedded link makes it possible to play a video coming from an external website on your own web page. This is allowed under the condition that the original file is added by the creator or with the approval of the creator. It is also important that the link does not circumvent admission measures that are meant to make the file accessible for a secluded group only. Citation of the source remains obligatory.

Can I upload my screencast containing copyrighted material to YouTube?

Every HAN employee is free to upload material outside of Scholar, so that also accounts for YouTube. When the video is entirely your own work you only have to ask for permission with the faculty manager (via your direct manager). This should be done because the HAN is the owner of the copyright. This also accounts for videos that are recorded during your spare time, on the condition that the video is related to your work.
Students are no employees of the HAN and are therefore not obliged to ask for permission. When they record copyrighted material (like texts, photos, videos, etc.) in the video they want to upload on YouTube, they do need permission from the copyright holder. Though it is allowed to quote copyrighted material. Please note that the quoted material needs to be supportive of the content of the video, not by means of illustration or to ‘spice things up a bit’. If you do want to use images to illustrate your video we advise you to use material that has been offered under a Creative Commons license or that is free to use all together (read more about Open Content). Citation of the source is always obligatory.

How do I contact the Copyright Information Point?

You can send us an e-mail at auteursrecht@han.nl and we will try to respond as quickly as possible.