Centre for Flexible Learning (CFL)

The University of the South Pacific Policies

USP Copyright Compliance Guidelines
Intellectual Property and Copyright Policy: A Handbook for Staff and Students in the University of the South Pacific
USP Copyright & Intellectual Property Services
Regulations Governing Copyright – 2019 Handbook and Calendar (pg. 153)
Disclaimer and Copyright
Open Educational Resources (OER) Policy Number 1.6.2.51


  • USP Copyright Compliance Guidelines – main guidelines for the university, developed by copyright and IP officer in 2011.
  • Intellectual Property and Copyright Policy: A Handbook for Staff and Students in the University of the South Pacific – Research Office 2010. Linked to disclosure form and assignment form.
  • USP Copyright & Intellectual Property Services – brief summation of USP Policy, different from USP Copyright Compliance Guidelines.
  • Regulations Governing Copyright – 2019 Handbook and Calendar – abstract of the USP Copyright Compliance Guidelines.
  • Disclaimer and Copyright – disclaimer of information being up to date and reliable, requiring permission to use any information from the website, and limiting liability for any loss or damage arising directly or indirectly from the possession, publication or use of or reliance on information.“The USP claims copyright ownership of all information stored on this server, unless expressly stated otherwise. No information stored on this server may be used for commercial or any other purpose, unless and until the USP gives its written permission.”
  • Open Educational Resources (OER) Policy Number 1.6.2.51 –


a)     The University retains intellectual property rights in all teaching and learning resources developed by its staff;
b)     Teaching and learning resources developed by University staff are shared with an appropriate open licence -Creative Commons licensing system- to permit reuse, revision, remixing, and redistribution of the same by others;
c)     The University -Vice-Chancellor and President- will determine who is responsible for the choice of appropriate open licence in consultation with the policy contact indicated in that policy, an any exceptions;
d)     The University reserves the right not to share resources that may be commercially viable;
e)     Whenever a resource is developed in collaboration with others, licensing must be in accordance with the terms and conditions stated in the agreement for collaboration;
f)     Retrospective release of courses and learning materials in the University is undertaken in a phased manner after review of University copyright on a case by case basis.


All rights reserved. – ask author for permission for anything.
Cf zero rights reserved. Feel free to copy.

Summary: users must ask the University for permission to use any material available in its course materials, on its website, unless permission is already given. Check the extent of permission. The copyright officer wishes to cultivate a culture of using creative commons licencing for works, of both lecturers and students.