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Creative commonsOER use licenses to give permission to users to distribute, remix, or create new works, often Creative Commons license. Creative Commons licenses are customizable copyright licenses that work alongside copyright law to give explicit permission for users to reuse items under specific circumstances. Applying a Creative Commons license to your work changes the familiar "all rights reserved" to "some rights reserved," with explicit rules about what can and cannot be done with the item.

Faculty creating a new OER can choose any of the following licenses for their resource:

  • Attribution (CC BY) Anyone is free to remix, redistribute, and even commercially use your work, so long as the new work attributes the original work and its author.
  • Attribution-ShareAlike (CC BY-SA) Anyone is free to remix, redistribute, and even commercially use your work, so long as the new work attributes the original work and its author and the new works are shared under the same license. This keeps all material derived from your original work to also be open.
  • Attribution-NonCommercial (CC BY-NC) Anyone is free to remix and redistribute your work, but not commercially, so long as the new work attributes the original work and its author. 
  • Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike (CC BY-NC-SA) Anyone is free to remix and redistribute your work, but not commercially, so long as the new work attributes the original work and its author and the new works are shared under the same license. This keeps all material derived from your original work to be both open and non-commercial.
  • Public Domain Mark (CC0) No rights reserved - anyone is free to remix, redistribute, and even commercially use your work.

You can read more about the licenses on the Creative Commons website

Public Domain

Works in the public domain are no longer protected by copyright in the United States. Items are generally included in the public domain if they were licensed with a CC-0 Creative Commons license, if their copyright has expired, or if they were published by the U.S. federal government. Items published before 1924 in the United States or items whose author died more than 70 years ago are likely in the public domain.

These items can be found in online repositories such as HathiTrust or Project Gutenberg

Copyright Resources at ISU

Iowa State University provides copyright support for users through a few different avenues, depending on your needs. For questions related to copyright and teaching, your best bet would be to contact the University Library or to review the resources provided by the University Library below:

ISU Resources on Copyright & Education


Attribution

The image used for the button on the Resources & Support page leading to this page was retrieved from EU2016 NL on Flickr, and is available under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license

The Creative Commons section of this guide was adapted from Affordable Learning Georgia's Open Licensing & Copyright page.