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Open Educational Resources at MDC: Overview: Copyright & CC Licensing

Open Educational Resources (OER) are "teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others."

Overview of Creative Commons

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 Toolkit

Use this prototype to find images that you can use and remix across several open archives such as:

  
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Europeana
  • New York Public Library
  • Rijksmuseum
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Choosing and attributing Licenses

Creative Commons Attribution

What is Copyright?

Copyright is a form of protection grounded in the U.S. Constitution and granted by law for original works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression. Copyright covers both published and unpublished works.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Fair Use?

Copyright on Campus

Copyright and the United States

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 for Students

Copyright on Classroom Materials

Copyright for Course Reserves

How to read CC Licensing

Image result for oer = free = permission

Creative Commons Presentation slideshare