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Licensing

Copyright law gives owners of copyrights certain exclusive rights in their works. The copying, publication, public performance, display, distribution, or the making of an adaptation of a copyrighted work by someone other than the owner of the copyright is an infringement, unless done either with the permission of the copyright owner or under the authority of one of the exemptions to the exclusive rights of owners recognized by the Copyright Act, such as fair use. This entry discusses the basics of licensing copyrighted works for educational use.

Why License

The fair use doctrine is inherently ambiguous. A determination of whether a particular use of material from a copyrighted work is fair or an infringement turns on the specific facts of each case. Educators reaching students via interactive ...

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