I've read a lot of articles right now (I'm french) on this topic, and I gotta say I'm pretty confused. I perfectly understand that unless some uni teacher directly allows me to use his work, I don't have rights to use it in any way. But I'm struggling to understand is what about:

  1. What I copy from what he writes on the board during his class?
  2. What I reword (on my own format) after the class?

By the usual definition of MOOC, you have permission to copy any material, although the permission who gives you permission may not actually have that right. E.g. the instructor could make available protected material that they cannot grant permission to copy. However, they can grant permission to copy the stuff that they create – the stuff that they write on the blackboard, for example. By writing the material down, it has the fixed form that entitles it to copyright protection. But you really need to look at the license that is granted to you to see just how "open" the course is. For example, rewording is creating derivative material, and you may not have permission to create derivative works. In a non-trivial number of course that I've seen, the instructor fails to include a license statement.

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  • So what you are saying is that I pay a licence to be in his class (what I pay to be in this university)? So I can copy his work but my teacher owns the knowledge he gave me? So I can't try to be a teacher on my free time and explain what someone (my teacher) taught me? – Axel Carré Feb 1 at 0:13

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