Copyright and Open Licensing

5391 Module 12

By: Angelica Cruz & Kristin Odom

Learning Objectives

Copyright Basics for Teachers

1. Copyright

2. Public Domain

3. Creative Commons- an organization that has collected creatie worksfor the public to use and share.

Types of Works

Copyright applies to any tangible or electronic creative work, such as a book, movie, video, song, lyrics, poem, picture, lesson plan, web page content, etc.


  1. Gaining Copyright
  2. The Copyright Symbols ©
  3. Ownership- the author of a work holds the copyright on that work.
  4. Usage-by purchasing a copy of a work, you do not “own” that work in the sense that you are not free to do whatever you like with it.
  5. Linking- you can generally provide a web link to copyrighted material from your own materials without permission from the copyright holder.
  6. Losing Copyright- copyright comes with a time limit.

Copyright and Technology

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Common Questions

1. When is work copyrighted?

· Your work is under copyright protection the moment it is created.

2. Does a work need to be published to be copyrighted?

· No, copyright covers both published and unpublished works.

3. If something is labeled with a copyright symbol, does that mean it is copyrighted?

· Yes, although the symbol is no longer required.

4. If something is not labeled with a copyright symbol, then it is copyrighted?

· There is no longer a formal requirement to mark your work with the copyright symbol. Work is copyrighted at the time of creation, with or without a copyright symbol.

5. Can I link to a copyrighted materials?

· Merely posting a link to copyrighted material is not direct infringement of the copyright in that content, so long as it does not contribute to the direct copyright infringement of another.

6. Can I embed copyrighted materials into my presentation or website?

· Embedding copyright materials into a presentation or website can be considered copyright infringement since the video is appearing on your site. This is similar to embedding a picture or image that belongs to someone else.

Additional Resources

Fair Use

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Fair Use

Permits limited use of copyrighted material without having to first acquire permission from the copyright holder. It allows educators, non-profit organizations, and the public to use creative works in this manner:

  • Showing a film for educational purposes.
  • Creating a parody of existing work.
  • Copying a piece of work for student discussion.

"Fair Use" Guiding Principles

  • Nature of Use
  • Type of Work
  • Amount Used
  • Commercial Impact
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Public Domain

  • Categories
  • Old Works
  • Exempt Works
  • Released Works
  • Use

Public Domain Repositories

"Open" Resources

What do we mean by "Open?"

Open means to make something more accessible. Video mentions what "open" can mean in education. Open source allows you to see the source code, gives you access to data storage and allow you to use their source to use.

The five "R's" of Openness

  • Open Licensing
  • Open Content Providers
  • Open Textbooks & Curricula
  • Open Courses
  • Open Citation Generator

Sharing Your Work

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Public Domain or an Open License?

Always give credit to the author's work.