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  • Open Content Licensing: A Three-Step Guide for Academics

    This guide will enable academics to make informed and purposeful decisions about licensing their work openly. The assumption is that you own the copyright in your own work, and wish to confer permission for its use. The guide is based on the framework of open content licensing, a legitimate, internationally recognised legal practice consistent with copyright law. This guide is aimed at... more

  • Copyright and Open Educational Resources

    Introduction to copyright and licensing; What are Open Educational Resources (OERs)? Key OER Projects from around the world and key licensing resources. more

  • Creating OER and Combining Licenses

    This video is intended to help you choose compatible resources and choose a valid license for your work. Suppose you are developing an open educational resource (OER), and you want to use some other OER within yours. If you create a derivative work by adapting or combining works offered under Creative Common licenses, you must not only follow the terms of each of the licenses involved, but... more

  • OER Copyright and Licensing Toolkit

    This toolkit is aimed at higher education stakeholders who are working with Open Educational Resources (OER). It explains the notion of copyright and describes the different licensing options available to the author/creator of a work. Whether you are wanting to license your own work, or are tasked with clearing copyrighted documents, you will find comprehensive information about the basic... more

  • New Zealand Government Open Access and Licensing Framework (NZGOAL)

    The New Zealand Government Open Access and Licensing framework (NZGOAL) was first approved by Cabinet on 5 July 2010 as government guidance for State Services agencies to follow when releasing copyright works and non-copyright material for re-use by third parties. It standardises the licensing of government copyright works for re-use using Creative Commons licences and recommends the use of... more

  • CC Licenses and Trademarks: A Guide for Organizational OER Creators and Distributors

    This primer is a guide to understanding the relationship between your rights as a copyright owner using Creative Commons licenses (particularly CC BY) and your trademark rights within the context of open educational resources (?OER?). Many people in the OER community are under the mistaken impression that copyright is the only tool at their disposal to protect and control their work and that... more

  • Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for OpenCourseWare

    This document is a code of best practices designed to help those preparing OpenCourseWare (OCW) to interpret and apply fair use under United States copyright law. The OCW movement, which is part of the larger Open Educational Resources (OER) movement, was pioneered in 2002, when the Massachusetts Institute of Technology launched its OpenCourseWare initiative, making course materials... more

  • Defining Noncommercial: A Study of How the Online Population Understands "Noncommercial Use"

    In 2008-09, Creative Commons commissioned a study from a professional market research firm to explore understandings of the terms "commercial use" and "noncommercial use" among Internet users when used in the context of content found online. The empirical findings suggest that creators and users approach the question of noncommercial use similarly and that overall, online U.S. creators and... more

  • Reuse of material in the context of education and research

    Sharing educational and research materials is high on the agenda of Dutch higher education and research institutions. It must be possible to use and reuse materials produced or collected at the institutions for educational and research purposes, or as the basis for the development of new materials. more

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