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Welcome to NWACC Library Short Course on Copyright. This Guide is designed as a quick reference tool on Copyright for NWACC Faculty.
This Guide does not supply legal advice nor is it intended to replace the advice of legal counsel.
Portions of this guide were adapted, with permission, from a guide created by Frannie Gaede at Butler University.
The Chafee Amendment and the Marrakesh Treaty allow libraries to make copies of copyrighted materials in various formats to serve individuals with disabilities. Print can be made into audio files or braille. Video can be captioned and described, etc.. Again, this allows for access for all patrons, regardless of ability.
OER, and more liberally licensed materials, are growing more popular each year, especially in the academic environment and in light of the current global health crisis. Please visit creativecommons.org for more information of the movement. You can find information on NWACC's support of OER here.
Creativecommons.org lists 6 licenses available to foster free and low-cost ways to sharing of information and intellectual property. You can find all 6 licenses and what they allow at https://creativecommons.org/about/cclicenses/
Much like copyright itself, you can simply apply a cc license to a work you create, and it is in effect. No registration or filing with any office or entity.
Open Access resources and publishing is one of the ways educational institutions, especially state funded educational institutions, give back to the communities that support them. By using Open Access materials an institution is being a good steward of public resources-tax dollars.
A good example of how helpful this can be is available in the PubMed database--the National Institutes of Health medical database, and one of the first places NWACC faculty and students may encounter open access research. In short, if research is funded by taxpayer dollars via government agency grants--such as the NIH or NSF--these agencies also require that said publications be available for free, as well is in proprietary journals.. In other words, if the research was funded by taxpayer dollars, it is available full-text in pubmed. The public no longer has to pay for the same research twice via the original grant, and a library subscription to a propriety journal.