University of Nottingham Strikes Controversy Over Asking For Complete Rights To Lecturers’ Recorded In-Class Works

The University of Nottingham, an institution of higher education in Britain, recently devised and enacted a new university guideline: instructors cannot claim that they own lectures given in classrooms on campus.

Rather than the content creator owning the video, the University of Nottingham will have untethered rights to their lectures. On one hand, such recording equipment is the University of Nottingham’s. However, they certainly didn’t create the unique content that instructors are responsible for producing.

In Britain, university employees across the country are fed up with pensions, and are collectively demanding reform. Considering the fact that several other universities in Britain are gearing up to show prerecorded lectures to students while those teachers are on strike. Doesn’t that severely reduce, if not eliminate, the necessary worker’s right of the strike?

From the perspective of teacher rights, it doesn’t sound very fair that the University of Nottingham doesn’t allow teachers to own their works. This could render their protests ineffective, resulting in lower union influence, severely limited bargaining power, and other loss of liberties.

The University of Nottingham has formally asked instructors to provide the school with an “exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, and irrevocable license to all rights in the lecturer’s performance in a lecture.” Unfortunately for instructors, Nottingham staff have already made clear that instructors who create such works “may not be credited as the creator or author of the lecture,” and “[would not]… object to the way in which the lecture recording is edited, altered, or used by the university.

April 19, 2018

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