OPEN EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES
As explained by UNESCO, Open Educational Resources (OERs) are any type of educational materials that are in the public domain or introduced with an open license. The nature of these open materials means that anyone can legally and freely copy, use, adapt and re-share them. OERs range from textbooks to curricula, syllabi, lecture notes, assignments, tests, projects, audio, video and animation. Learn more about OERs here and check out our OER LibGuide for ideas about how to use OERs in your classes.
As explained by Creative Commons, CC licenses allow creative material to be shared and reused under terms that are flexible and legally sound. Visit the Creative Commons website for information, tools, and FAQs relating to CC copyright licenses. Another great resource is Made with Creative Commons, which covers a variety of topics, including a discussion of the different types of Creative Commons licenses.
COPYRIGHT AND FAIR USE
As explained by the University of Chicago’s Copyright Information Center, copyright law provides for the principle, commonly called "fair use" that the reproduction of copyright works for certain limited, educational purposes, does not constitute copyright infringement. The Copyright Act establishes a four factor test, the "fair use test," to use to determine whether a use of a copyrighted work is fair use that does not require the permission of the copyright owner. The fair use test is highly fact specific, and much can turn on seemingly insignificant variations on the proposed use. Visit the University of Chicago’s Copyright Information Center website to learn more about fair use, and other copyright topics including the public domain.
FAIR USE BEST PRACTICES, FILM AND MEDIA
The Society for Cinema and Media Studies’ Statement of Best Practices for Fair Use in Teaching for Film and Media Educators is an excellent resource that addresses issues concerning the permissible use of media for teaching.
CC LICENSE TOOLS
Following are some useful tools and resources that will help you use Creative Commons licenses:
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