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Copyright: Copyright for Teachers

Use of TV programs, radio/TV, advertisements, and music for teaching

TV programs
If you want to use TV programs in your teaching, then RUC has access to Mediestream.The programs can only be used in a teaching or research context.

If you want to use radio or TV channels in your teaching, then you can find these on In addition, RUC has an AVU basis agreement about TV programs from DR1, DR2, and TV2 (Danish television stations), as well as the sign language channel, and radio channels DR P1-P4. The programs broadcasted on these can be stored and used for teaching, and also be distributed through Moodle.  


You can find a number of free movies on The Internet Archive, which you can use in your teaching.

It is allowed to legally show uploaded videos from YouTube, as well as embedding them in Moodle. We generally have no agreements concerning full-length films, and here you, as a teacher, need to personally collect the permission for showing it in class.

On you can find different advertisements from different periods, which you are permitted to use in your teaching.

RUC has no agreement in this area. It is up to the teacher to personally get permissions from the creators when using their music. It is, however, possible to find legal music in other places – learn more under Find legal material

There is access via to all Danish newspapers published before January 1st 1916.

Use of pictures in the classroom

RUC has made an agreement with VISDA (formerly known as “Copydan Billeder” [Copydan Pictures]).
This means that you, as a teacher, can use digital pictures legally if they are on the internet. Pictures are defined as visual art, drawings, illustrations, photographs, etc.
Pictures found in books, articles, postcards, etc., are also fine for you to copy and use in, for example, your PowerPoints or on Moodle.

Pictures where the copyright has expired
If the picture is more than 70 years old, its copyright protection has expired, and you can freely use the picture.
The picture cannot be edited to a large extent or offend the artist.
Read more at VISDA

Use of electronic materials for teaching

You are allowed to

  • Print, download or copy for personal use.
  • Cite the e-material
  • Create deep links for an article or book chapter to, for example, use in your teaching

You are not allowed to

  • E-mail, copy, print or in any other way distribute e-books or electronic articles to anyone else other than yourself
  • Share e-books or electronic articles on public websites, so you are not allowed to upload PDF files
  • Share e-books or electronic articles on private websites, like Moodle, even if they are password protected. This means that you are not allowed to upload PDF files to use in, for example, your teaching. Here you need to use deep links.

By uploading the full-text on Moodle or through e-mail, the license agreement is violated and you risk starting a potential illegal chain of distribution of the material.

Access to e-resources that require licenses
You have access to many different electronic books and journals from different databases through the library system, as well as the database list on the library’s intra-site. These materials have been bought under licenses with several publishers. These license agreements give both students and teachers access to the materials – either physically at the library or remotely.

The publishers are not interested in the distribution of their paid-for contents with people outside of RUC or people not using the library computers. That is why the above is in effect when it comes to what you are allowed to and not allowed to when using or sharing e-materials.

Use of printed materials for teaching

This is the maximum amount you are allowed to copy, print, or scan of a publication per student per semester:

Copies or scans from printed texts

  • The limit for how much you can copy or scan is up to 20% (but a maximum of 50 pages) of a publication per semester.
  • The file format needs to be “locked” so changes to the scanned text cannot be made.
  • Access to the material must be via password (i.e. distributing via Moodle)
  • The scanned material can be printed both on campus and remotely by RUC’s students or employees – which makes remote teaching possible

It is allowed to:

  • Scan a newspaper article and share it digitally with students.
  • Download an article from an online newspaper and share it with students.
  • Copy-paste content from an article into a presentation etc.


  • Regardless of the length of a publication you are always allowed to copy, print or scan 4 pages
  • No digital copying is allowed of any material on this list
  • E-books that are sold chapter-by-chapter cannot be copied from if they are on this list
  • It is not allowed to make copies of works (Either journals, newspapers, or books) where there is already a license agreement for electronic editions.
  • Always remember to use citations: Title, author, publisher, and the year of publishing (for example a copy of the title page or colophon

This represent the most important points about copying, scanning and printing in accordance with agreements between Copydan and Danish Universities / RUC.

No distinction is made between copy, print, scan, etc. It is allowed to freely choose between analogue and digital copying methods. Thus, all copying methods will be considered as copying. Read more at Copydan tekst & node.

Copyright in the classroom

When you are teaching, you have to pay attention to copyright so you do not violate others’ copyrights. On this site, you will be able to see which rules are in place when it comes to teaching. What is important to note is that you need to pay attention to the fact that there are different rules in place for whether you use physical or digital materials.

Learn more at undervislovligt

If you, as a teacher in Denmark, want to know more about e-learning in general, then visit UBVA’s informative site about this.
Here, legal experts have collected knowledge on the use of pictures when teaching, using radio/TV, webcasts, your own rights as a teacher, and much more.



When giving stuedents access to texts in Moodle, we recommend using Permalinks which are found in the library system

This is a legal way to share electronic materials and at the same time allows the library to record the actual use of the purchased databases preventing cancellation of ressources that are actually used.

Guide to permalinks:

  •     Find the relevant electronic material in the library system
  •     Click at Link at the top of the record
  •     Copy the link
  •     Insert in Moodle with the reference

About this guide

Remember that the responsibility for complying with the applicable rules on copyright rests with the user of a given material. The information in this guide is provided as inspiration and are neither constituted of or a substitute for personal legal advice.