YouTube Policy [DRAFT VERSION]

One of the benefits of the OSTRICH project has been the awareness raising of copyright issues and recognition of a need to update policies. A number of key individuals / departments have been involved in creating a draft version of a YouTube policy. Below is an extract from the policy. Once the policy has been agreed by Executive and/or SMT we will provide a further update.

Below are some good practice guidelines for using YouTube material, if you are unsure or need further guidance please contact the Copyright Officer or Learning Technologist team.


  • Make sure it is the owner of the content who has uploaded onto YouTube. Common sense need to be used to decide whether the material is legitimate or has been uploaded potentially illegally.
  • Click on the name of the person who has uploaded the material, what other material have they uploaded?
  • Is the material professionally filmed but uploaded by someone who has a diverse set of videos of varying quality?
  • Has it been uploaded by a professional company i.e. Channel 4 or BBC?
  • If unsure who owns the material, a Google search may identify the owner.
  • If sure the owner has uploaded their own material, it is good practice to contact them to let them know you are re-using their material particularly if you are embedding into a module
  • To re-use legitimate YouTube material you only have to comply with the restrictions the owner of the material imposes.

Thoughts on OERs

OERs could have a major impact on how the sector and the wider learning community operate. They could potentially enhance the quality of our resources, augment existing resources and free up academic workload to concentrate on teaching by acting as a time saver in content creation.

There is also the obvious marketing potential, which in light of “The Browne Review” is a very tantalising prospect. We have a great Media team within CeLT at Derby and there is a possibility to promote the institution by sharing the excellent work that they do to enhance online materials; e.g.

Also attached is a video below which demonstrates the potential global power of OERs. It is of the celebrated Physics Professor Walter Lewin from MIT (although I must admit I prefer Professor Shankar from Yale), who in this clip on YouTube has amassed over half a million views and has become a global Physics sensation.