With the advent of Massive Open Online Courses (“MOOCs”), higher education institutions and lecturers are confronting new opportunities and challenges associated with the creation, production and distribution of online courses. One of the challenging issues of online courses is copyrights law and rules. This should be considered as MOOCs are available for thousands of people based online.
Copyrights Policy for AfghanX
AfghanX respects all the intellectual property rights of the content owners. All the intellectual property rights are a crucial part of MOOC creation. Each creator must obey the copyright of the author, researcher, writer and artist declared in an official journal by the ministry of justice in July 2016. Every content creator is responsible for his/her content presented in a MOOC. MOOCs are available online and are open source therefore, there are no specific copyright rules under the Afghanistan copyright laws accepted by the parliament members in 2017. Yet, we can follow the sixth section of the bylaw developed by the Ministry of Higher Education with regard to MOOCs copyright. Additionally, the following are required when developing or using MOOCs for AfghanX courses:
- All the content of AfghanX courses is protected by the Ministry of Higher Education.
- Sign up or create an account in AfghanX.
- Any content (text, video, exams, images and other instructional material) provided by the AfghanX courses are only for users’ personal use and copying them without referencing is not allowed.
- Third party materials can be used in AfghanX courses only with permission and referencing.
- Users must agree to abide by all copyright and other related notices when using and enrolling for AfghanX courses.