FAQ about N@tschool

Is there a compact overview about using materials on NHTV Natschool?
Yes, the CIP has made a special handout that summarizes all the important things you should know about publishing materials on Natschool, intranet of internet. You can view the handout here.

The CIP has also created an infographic on how you could use text materials on Natschool.

Is there any difference, in terms of copyright protection, between posting material on the ‘open’ internet and limited-access networks like intranet or Natschool?

No, it does not matter where you publish information, it will always be subject to copyright protection. There is no difference between posting an item on Natschool or posting it on the ‘open’ or ‘regular’ internet. Placing material on either network required permission from the copyright holder. The copyright holder (or holders) are the only parties who is/are allowed to make decisions, according to copyright law, as regards publishing and reproducing the material concerned.

So, when posting material from other sources (like newspapers, magazines, images, photos, books, reports, and so on) on the internet, intranet and limited-access learning environments like Natschool, it is important to ask for permission and/or pay a fee for using the material. The responsibility for arranging this rests with the person who is planning to use/post the material. 

Does this arrangement also apply to copyrighted material from one of the online databases which are made available to students and lecturers of NHTV via the library’s website?

Yes, if you want to copy an entire source from a database, for instance in pdf or via copy-paste, you should also act in accordance with the arrangements and procedures set up for this purpose by NHTV. See topic Natschool on this website.

There is, however, one exception. This involves insertion of a link to the place where the article or source can be found in the database, in which case the registration or permission requirements relating to copyright do not apply. That is why CIP advises you to use links to articles from databases and e-journals whenever you can. Nearly all articles from the online collection of the library are accessible to students and employees of NHTV, both within the institute and outside (at home, for example).

Is it permitted to copy source material from a database and present it within the internet pages of NHTV, and not within the internet pages of the database concerned? 

It is not permitted to present sources such as articles and full-text books within internet pages other than those of the database from which the source is taken. In other words, it is not permitted to post sources (for instance via pdf or copy-paste) on another site, in which the origin of the source is not evident.

Should you wish to offer an article or a book on a certain website, you will have to respect the layout of the original text, and you will have to report that you want to use the material, with a view to the copyright act (asking for permission from or paying a fee to the copyright holder/holders).

Is it permitted to send pdf files via e-mail without permission from the copyright holder / holders?

No, permission is required for forwarding pdf files, much the same as is the case with posting pdf files on the intranet or Natschool. Under the copyright act, forwarding files is regarded as reproduction and republication of the material, which is the exclusive right of the copyright holder. CIP’s advice is therefore to exercise due care when sending documents via e-mail. You should try to establish, whenever possible, whether the copyright holder has given permission to do so.