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*OER & Opening Copyright: What, Why and How

Open Educational Resources (OER) are the result of opening the copyright restrictions with an overlaying Creative Commons License
DISCLAIMER: Material provided is only intended as a guide. This guide is not a substitute for professional legal advice

Think of Copy rights as property rights. The copyright owner has the right to make a profit on every copy.

As soon as you put your original creation into tangible form,you have a copy right to that work. In the U.S., it is treated like a property right.

The law protects the right of the copyright owner to have the opportunity to receive payment for every copy of their intellectual property.

Caution: The creator of an original work may not own the copyright.  If you produce a “work for hire”, your employer may claim the copyright.


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