Can I include someone else's content in my classes?

Yes, as long as you have their permission.  We take intellectual property rights very seriously, because content creators invest a lot of time in building great content, and they usually want proper attribution if someone else uses content they created, or they don't want anyone else using it at all.  In general, most content creators/owners do not allow commercial use of their content.  We have engaged some of the biggest content providers to seek special permissions to allow teachers on f2fenglish.com to use their content for commercial purposes, as long as they give proper attribution.  Generally, they've said no, with one important exception so far: Voice of America.  Teachers on f2fenglish.com are free to use any Voice of America content in their free or paid lessons as long as they do not alter the original content and they provide proper attribution.  This is great news for Face-2-Face English Center teachers, because VOA's "Learning English" site (www.learningenglish.voanews.com) is an incredible resource for videos, audio, and articles intended for English learners.  Note that VOA can revoke this permission at any time if they discover teachers are abusing these rights by modifying VOA content or not providing proper attribution, so please respect the use guidelines we've outlined here.  We also contacted TED.com, but they will not allow any use of their content for commercial purposes, so teachers cannot use any TED content on f2fenglish.com.  BBC told us we that teachers can include links to their content, but cannot embed it directly into lessons or classes.

Most of the questions we get about this are from teachers who want to include videos created by someone else within their classes or sessions.  We have found that many video publishers on platforms like Youtube, Vimeo, Youku, etc. will often grant reuse permission if you simply contact them and ask them.  Always be sure you obtain this permission in writing from them before including their videos anywhere on f2fenglish.com.  Besides obtaining permission from the video creators directly, you can also search for videos that explicitly permit reuse under a Creative Commons license.  Finding these videos can be tricky, but the easiest places to look are Youtube and Vimeo (note that Youtube and Vimeo are blocked in China).  For Vimeo, click here to see all their Creative Commons content, and choose the "Attribution" category.  For YouTube, here are the steps to take to find CC content:

1. Type your search in Youtube's search by like you normally do.

2. Click "Filters" when you see the search results.

3. Click "Creative Commons"

4. YouTube doesn't display the specific Creative Commons license for videos in the list of results.  To see the specific license, you need to open the video and click the "More" link to expand full details for the video.

5.  Check the specific license for the video and make sure it says "reuse" before you include it in any of your content.  Always be sure to provide proper attribution.

 

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