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License to use the NLN Materials

The National Learning Network (NLN) materials are made freely available by the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) under the terms of the Open Government Licence for public sector information.

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Guide to Third Party Rights

(a) What is a third party asset, and why is it to be treated differently from other types of assets?

A third party asset is a unit of content (e.g. text, illustration, picture, video sequence, audio sequence, etc) in which the Intellectual Property Rights are owned by a party other than us, and which has been included in the NLN Materials under a licence granted by a third party to us. Under the terms of the Licence you may use these types of asset in the same way that you use other content. That is, you have the right to load, execute, store, display and copy the content provided that this is for educational, not-for-profit purposes as described above. However there are certain additional criteria relating to their use, particularly in respect of disaggregation and combination with other resources, and the timescales for which the third party assets have been licensed. These restrictions are listed in in the document included below.

(b) How will I know that content is a “third party asset”?

You can find information about third party content by referring to the document linked below. Information is also contained in each subject area’s accompanying Tutor Documentation. This can be found here or by clicking the Tutor Guide link on any Learning Object page within the site.

(c) What are the limitations on use of third party assets?

Unlike other content, some third party owned assets might have a fixed term to their licence. This information will be specified in the sources listed above. Where there is a fixed term to the use of these assets, they should not be used in any way after the expiry of the term, and any materials created separately using content from the NLN Materials which contain known expired-term third party assets should likewise cease to be used and they should be disposed of.

(d) Can I disaggregate third party asset content from other content in a learning object?

The document included below lists those third party assets which can and cannot be disaggregated. Where third party content can be disaggregated from a learning object and combined with other NLN Materials content to form new materials this must be carried out in accordance with the Licence relating to the general use of the NLN Materials, and the usage pattern must not be one of the exclusions described in the next section.

(e) What are my rights in terms of using these types of assets (outside of the learning object)?

Provided that you use third party assets in accordance with these guidelines, the restrictions listed below, and the Licence, your rights are protected. In particular, third party assets should only be used for educational, not-for-profit activities, as described above.

The following are specific instances where your rights are not protected from any future claims brought by the owners of third party assets:

(f) What precautions should I take when using third party assets?

If you wish to use third party assets outside of their original learning object context, you are advised to keep a careful record of where the asset came from (i.e. which learning object, which NLN Round) and to reference ownership of Intellectual Property Rights and the assets visibly in the same way that you would reference any other source of information.

E.g. NLN Round 4 Family Learning (2005). Parenting Styles. Valid to … (insert a date if there is a fixed term to the use of the asset).

Where there is a time limit on the use of the asset, it is important to include a “Valid to ...” statement: this indicates that the asset’s Intellectual Property Rights belong to a third party and that it is available for your use within affixed time period.

(g) How should I manage my use of third party assets?

Provided that you use visible referencing, including a detail of Intellectual Property Rights and any licence expiry date, and that you use these assets in a manner consistent with the Licence, and any restrictions given in this document, you will be able to derive benefits from the content in the same way as any other content. It would be advisable to dispose of any licence-expired third party assets.

List of Learning Objects with 3rd Party Assets

List of Learning Objects with Third Party Assets (Word document)