Education and copyright. It matters to you!

published 5 April 2018 updated 11 April 2018

(YES you can share these images and videos with your students, colleagues and anyone! But that is not always the case.)

Teachers and professors teach and research; students learn; and citizens contribute to creating and exchanging information for the benefit of European society in the digital education era.

As educators, we want a copyright framework that enables us to provide quality and innovative education. Education fit for the 21st century. Copyright needs to be reshaped in order to enhance quality and public education which spans the lives of learners, and takes place in a variety of formal and informal settings, online as well as offline.

International copyright agreements and domestic law should be balanced between the rights of creators and the rights of users in order to support the development and diffusion of education, knowledge and research.

At present the European Commission is finalising an initiative to pass a directive on Copyright which will have a broad impact on the work of teachers, professors, academics and researchers.

With a view to influence the political debate at EU level and in light of the policy developments at global level, theEuropean Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE) -Education International's European region-,COMMUNIA - a network of activists, researchers and practitioners from universities, NGOs and SMEs established in 10 Member States advocating for policies that expand the public domain and increase access to and reuse of culture and knowledge -andthe European Federation of Education Employers(EFEE)are organising a conference to discuss and provide insights into intellectual and creative property rights of academics and researchers,in particular into their copyrights at higher education and research level.

Access to good education is a fundamental human right and a prerequisite for a thriving knowledge-based economy and for the advancement of science and innovation We need an exception that includes all relevant providers of education and an exception that permits the diversity of educational uses – both digital and analogue – of copyrighted content.

Watch the livestream and participate in the discussion!

Find out more about how copyrights affect teachers, librarians, researchers and students:

2011 EI Resolution on Copyright and Education

ETUCE Copyright Conference page

ETUCE Statement on Copyright in the Digital Single Market

Copyright and education, by Professor Teresa Nobre/COMMUNIA

Why educators ask for a better Copyright reform?, by COMMUNIA

Dear teacher: copyright concerns you, by Lisette Kalshoven/COMMUNIA

5 outrageous things educators can’t do because of copyright, by Lisette Kalshoven/COMMUNIA

4 approaches for teachers on how to work with copyright in the classroom, by Lisette Kalshoven/COMMUNIA