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Open Educational Resources (OER): Dive Deep

Copyright Overview

Understanding U.S. Copyright law can be challenging. The laws can be complex, especially in a digital environment.  Exemptions exist for classroom teaching, libraries, and online learning, fair use analyses are still an option, and obtaining permission (and sometimes paying a fee) are also options. Copyright is a set of protections afforded to the author of an original work. Under the 1976 Copyright Act, the copyright owner has the exclusive right to reproduce, adapt, distribute, publicly perform, and publicly display the work.

This section of the OER Guide is intended to help members of the Reynolds community understand and comply with copyright law. It is not intended to be comprehensive or to serve as legal advice.

U.S. Copyright Law

The following web resources have been compiled by a librarian and may be useful in your research but don't forget to always evaluate any websites you use!

More Copyright Resources