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Provides a general introduction to copyright, fair use, copyright ownership, copyright for instructors, and useful resources.

Why License Your Work

If you own the copyright to your work, you can choose to apply a license to your work. Applying a license gives potential users permission in advance for how they can use your work, and removes fear, uncertainty, and doubt. For example:

  1. Applying a license indicates that you are the copyright owner, so users always know who to credit through citation and attribution.
  2. Most licenses allow you to choose which uses are allowed without your express permission - such as making copies, sharing, making derivative works - and whether commercial uses are allowed.
  3. Licenses make it easier for people to know how they can use your work without having to ask permission or do a fair use evaluation.

Licenses can make your work more discoverable to unanticipated readers, and encourage innovative uses - such as teaching, text and data mining, and meta-analysis.

Here is some information about different types of licenses for different types of work.

Choosing a License

Licensing and Data

Copyright and Data

The ownership and copyright of data can be complex. When considering data, it may be more useful to think about rights and responsibilities, which can be more contextual and granular this simple copyright ownership. Data sharing, access, use, and preservation all intersect with copyright in different ways, so it is beneficial to start by considering what is being done with the data, and who is responsible for it. Copyright is not straightforward with data. There are complicated questions of what is and is not protected by copyright if other intellectual property laws apply, and who owns the data, especially with regards to institutional IP policies. The resources below are a starting place to help you in navigating this tricky terrain.

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