As MOOCs are open, online courses delivered to a worldwide audience, it is important to know what copyright material to include.
Many copyright materials normally used at UQ are purchased under closed licenses. These licences permit the use of these materials when teaching to UQ staff and students. Such materials include: Library subscription e-journals, chapters of hardcopy books and articles, TV and radio programs, and many resources from the web.
However there is an enormous amount of additional resources on the web, such as images, articles, videos and music which are not restricted by closed licenses. As long as they have suitable creative commons licences (or similar) you may use these in MOOCs.
There are different types of creative commons licences. For MOOCs, try to use Creative Commons material with a BY or BY SA licence. Both these licences permit commercial use. So if the MOOC is later commercialised, it can keep this material.
Remember to source where the material you use comes from. Sometimes the owner of material on a website will provide information on how to source. Otherwise, you may source (an image for example) by simply providing the URL.
You will need to get written permission to use material if it doesn't have a suitable Creative Commons or similar licence.
See: Columbia University Libraries Guide on Requesting Permission.
If it isn't possible to obtain permissions, or it is too costly, consider: