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Open Educational Resources: Copyright for OER

What is Copyright?

Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution states: "The Congress shall have power...To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries..."

Copyright Basics

Copyright videos are made available by Copyright Clearance Center.

Creative Common Basics

Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools. Creative Commons licenses are not an alternative to copyright. They work alongside copyright and enable you to modify your copyright terms to best suit your needs. 
-- Creative Commons website


Choosing and Attributing Creative Commons Licenses

The licenses and their description are from the "About the Licences" page of Creative Commons.

The 5R's of OER

The term "open content" describes any copyrightable work that is licensed in a manner that provides others with free and perpeptual permission to engage in the 5R activities:

  1. Retain - users have the right to make, archive, and own copies of the content.
  2. Reuse - content can be reused in its unaltered form.
  3. Revise - content can be adapted, adjusted, modified, and altered.
  4. Remix - orginal or revised content can be combined with other contents to create new content.
  5. Redistribute - copies of the content can be shared with others in its original, revised or remixed form.

Source: The 5R's of OER

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