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Public Domain & Licensing

Last Updated: 11/21/2019 13:30

The following is a table of copyright licensing and non-licensing schemes, and how the affected work may be used in and out of the classroom. It is not intended to constitute or substitute for detailed information or legal advice. If you have any questions or concerns about a use of a copyrighted work, please submit a request here and we will be happy to provide detailed information.  If you require legal advice, please contact the Office of General Counsel.

Types of Works Proposed Use
Exhibit materials in a live classroom? Distribute materials to an online class? Distribute readings? Create electronic reserves?
Public Domain Works (U.S. government works, Creative Commons Zero works, pre- works, and certain other works) Yes Yes Yes N/A
Your Own Works (when you own the copyrights, or reserved applicable rights in your agreement with your publisher) Yes Yes Yes N/A
Open Access Works (works available online without license, password, or technical restrictions)
If rights are defined, be certain to read the rights, as open access works are still copyrighted unless otherwise noted.
Yes Yes Yes N/A
Creative Commons Licensed Works Yes, if you display a proper attribution Yes, if you display a proper attribution Yes, if you display a proper attribution N/A
Electronic Works Licensed by UNT (depends on license, but usually permitted) Yes Link
to electronic reserves
Link
to electronic reserves
Request electronic reserves
Other Works (when none of the above apply) Yes Yes, if your intended use satisfies an exception defense.  Otherwise, link out or contact your subject librarian about licensing. Yes, if your intended use satisfies an exception defense.  Otherwise, link out or contact your subject librarian about licensing. N/A