Copyright and e-learning law

Technological developments have enabled new ways of teaching and learning. The use of information and communication technology (ICT) takes place both in teaching and learning that are carried through physically on campus and in digital forms online. Today, activities at the university are permeated by communication over the Internet in a variety of forms, such as streaming media, cloud services, social media, apps, videos and blogs used in the context of educational activities.

In line with the use of new technology for educational purposes, legal issues arise. For example, can teachers and students play a video from YouTube during a class? Can the use of social media be part of an examination, and what do you have to think about if you want to publish a video on a platform that is accessible to the public?

These issues regarding e-learning belong to different areas of law such as copyright, privacy protection, public and confidentiality, thinning and case management. Thus, there is not a single area of law that focuses on e-learning. This means that the law of e-learning is a difficult-to-navigate area and where different areas of law can sometimes clash with each other. This means that lawyers can sometimes find it difficult to give clear answers.

On these pages you will find a compilation of resources that provide a good base if you have questions about the law of e-learning. Often these resources provide answers to many of the questions, but sometimes there may be practical questions regarding how the legislations should be applied in the individual and concrete case. If you do not find the answer to your question, please contact for legal advice.

Book on the law of e-learning
The book The law on e-learning (Studentlitteratur) is addressed to teachers and course developers, but also to students. The book provides an introduction to the field of e-learning law and offers different approaches to solving practical problems. The book contains checklists for each area of law, case studies and special sections on the development of digital teaching and learning materials, the handling of audio and video recordings, digital publishing, learning platforms, e-examination and digital communication. The reading of the book must be handled with some caution as questions may have become outdated since the book's publication.

Course on e-learning law
Stiftelsen Fakultetskurser offers a course in e-learning law on a continuous basis. The course is intended for teachers and course developers.

Legal manual
A digital guide on the law of the internet. Addresses teachers, students, librarians and other staff at Swedish educational institutions on issues of copyright, publicity, privacy and security online.