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Copyright Issues

Concerns about copyright are reasonable when thinking about using open textbooks. Fortunately, most authors offering open textbooks WANT you to use their books, so they either retain traditional copyright while allowing educators to copy for instruction, or they publish under "Creative Commons" licensing. Both options allow you, and your students, to copy the book for class, (with various requirements, or degrees of restriction.)

Creative Commons
Creative Commons licensing is a new way to protect intellectual property so that users will attribute material to the originator, while still being able to use it for teaching, learning, or other situations the creator finds legitimate. There are several brands of Creative Commons licensing offering different degrees of copying restriction.
For a breakdown of each kind of CC license see the Creative Commons website.

For information on traditional Copyright, download a free brochure at the Association of Research Libraries site.


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