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These course materials are part of the unit, Licensing: Knowing Your Rights, for the course, Integrating Open Educational Resources in the Classroom. This lesson about licensing explains the copyright issues related to open educational resources in detail. The lesson opens by discussing the general intent and function of copyright law and the complexities associated with the idea of "fair use." The lesson then turns to the Creative Commons licenses, the legal mechanisms most often used to license open educational resources. The lesson ends with an interactive game that lets you test your knowledge of open licenses.


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Peter Levy

Wiley's work is clear and comprehensive. To read and understand the contents of this chapter is to have a firm grasp on the essential elements of licensing and OER.

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