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Copyright & Fair Use: Copyright Basics

Copyright Basics

Oakland Community College offers these resources as part of its general copyright information on this site. The information presented is not a substitute for legal advice obtained from a licensed attorney. 

The information contained in Copyright Basics is originally from Wayne State University. Used with permission.

Options for Avoiding Copyright Infringement

  • Public Domain    -- The public owns; not protected by copyright, patent, or trademark laws.
  • Institution-owned   -- Library electronic resources, created by the instructor, or created by the institution.
  • Open Access/ Open Educational Resources   -- Creative Commons licensed materials
  • Fair Use  -- See Fair Use tab
  • Permission   --  Secure permission from rights holder or use Copyright Clearance Center (not currently available)
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