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Copyright and Licensing

This guide provides basic information on copyright and licensing of creative works.

Works not under copyright

There are three main categories of creative works that may not be covered by traditional copyright restrictions.

Public domain works - works for which the copyright has expired, was never applied for, or has been forfeited.

Creative Commons works - works governed by a Creative Commons license allow more options for reuse and adaptation..

Open Source - works such as software that has been released in an open way for anyone to reuse, augment, or adapt. Many open source works do have license restrictions.

The sources below are useful for identifying creative works such as music, images, etc. that might be available for use and adaptation.

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Scholarly Communications, Copyright, and Licensing Librarian

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Edward Eckel
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