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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."
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.
Types of CC Licences
The licenses below and their descriptions come from the About the Licenses page of Creative Commons.
Easily cite open materials. This tool will automatically generate the attribution for you.
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 Copyright covers both published and unpublished works.
Wondering if your use of copyrighted material qualifies as fair use? Enter your information into this tool and it will help you decide. If you don't understand fair use, complete the informational module.
Use this printable sheet to evaluate your use of materials to determine if it is fair use. The list comes from Columbia University.
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..."