Protecting your intellectual property on Brightspace

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    Tom Boogaart
    • Department: History
    • Faculty: Arts

    You may (or may not) be aware that the Brightspace Learning Management System (LMS) enables students to download any file that you post. Unfortunately, there is no way to disable this function-at least without dramatically restricting students to the role of observer, which would not enable you to use Brightspace for normal things like turning in assignments.

    This is a major issue for several reasons:
    1. Students download your intellectual property without permission.
    2. Students upload your materials to other sites, including selling them to commercial sites (particularly pictures of exam questions).
    3. Since Brightspace is not secure, it is not clear that the ‘fair dealing’ non-profit and educational exceptions for copyright would apply.

    There are no great solutions and the APTPUO is lobbying the university to close this download loophole. One thing you could try that would provide a modicum of protection is to use Brightspace to link your PPTs or Materials to One-Drive (or another shared folder) and restrict the permission there.

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