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CopyrightFairUse. Open Education. Openly licensed educational resources can increase equity by providing all students, regardless of zip code, access to high quality learning materials that have the most up-to-date and relevant content.

Open Education

Acting Secretary John King We believe that educational opportunities should be available to all learners. Creating an open education ecosystem involves making learning materials, data, and educational opportunities available without restrictions imposed by copyright laws, access barriers, or exclusive proprietary systems that lack interoperability and limit the free exchange of information. Openly Licensed Educational Resources Openly licensed educational resources are learning materials that can be used for teaching, learning, and assessment without cost.

How Williamsfield Schools Decided to #GoOpen Department of Education Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Read the Open License NPRM. NPRM Frequently Asked Questions: Open License NPRM FAQs, Updated November 18, 2015. #GoOpen Campaign. Tell the U.S. Department of Education: Open Licensing Matters. The U.S.

Tell the U.S. Department of Education: Open Licensing Matters

Department of Education (ED) is considering a rule change that would make the educational resources the Department funds a lot more accessible to educators and students—not just in the U.S., but around the world. We hope to see it adopted, and that it sets the standard for similar policies at other government agencies. Sign the petition The policy would require that grantees share all content that the ED funds under an open license. If the ED funds your work, you must share it under a license that allows anyone to use, edit, and redistribute it. This is a great move. All federal grants are subject to a rule that allows the government itself to share grant-funded works with the public, but that rule has not been sufficient to make sure that sharing happens in practice. The existing policy also doesn’t cover reuse.

The EFF will be submitting a comment in support of the rule change. Expanding Opportunity through Open Educational Resources. Using advanced technology to dramatically expand the quality and reach of education has long been a key priority for the Obama Administration.

Expanding Opportunity through Open Educational Resources

In December 2013, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) issued a report exploring the potential of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) to expand access to higher education opportunities. Last month, the President announced a $2B down payment, and another $750M in private-sector commitments to deliver on the President’s ConnectEd initiative, which will connect 99% of American K-12 students to broadband by 2017 at no cost to American taxpayers. How to filter Google image searches by usage rights.

Looking for an image online that you can legally and safely use on your own Web site?

How to filter Google image searches by usage rights

Google now makes it easier to find one. A new Usage Rights filter is now easily accessible on your search results page, as tweeted by Google software engineer Matt Cutts. Here's how you can tap into it: Run your search at the Google Images page, or just use Google's default search page and then filter the results by image.Click on the Search tools menu and then select the dropdown menu for Usage Rights.

That menu offers five choices: Not filtered by license, Labeled for reuse, Labeled for commercial reuse, Labeled for reuse with modification, and Labeled for commercial reuse with modification. The images are typically ones licensed by Creative Commons or GNU Free Documentation, or are items in the public domain. A Google help page describes the various licensing and usage options. Google has offered usage rights filtering for images since 2009. Creative Commons. The flip side of copyright - Creative Commons blog - Creative Commons.

Timothy Vollmer, February 23rd, 2016 Fair Use Week 2016 is here, and we’re happy to celebrate it alongside many other organizations and individuals who believe in the importance of flexible exceptions to copyright law.

The flip side of copyright - Creative Commons blog - Creative Commons

There are now over 1 billion CC-licensed works available, and these will always be free for anyone to use and share. CC licenses work because of the existing contours of copyright. We sometimes complain about the numerous negative aspects of our collective copyright rules—such as absurdly long terms, disproportionate infringement penalties, and a pervasive permission culture.

At the same time, we also need to support and expand the features of our copyright law that make possible increased access to information, educational activities, and freedom of expression. The legal doctrine of fair use continues to get stronger. There are still threats to realizing the full potential of flexible limitations and exceptions to copyright. Open educational resources (OERs) There is no one, standard definition of open educational resources.

Open educational resources (OERs)

However, the following broad definition of OERs from OER Commons seems to be generally accepted by the community: Copyright and Creative Commons Explained by Common Craft. Julia’s dream is to make a living as a photographer.

Copyright and Creative Commons Explained by Common Craft

In this dream, she takes amazing photos, people buy them, and their purchases fund her future work. But it’s not that simple. Julia wants to publish some of her photos to help spread the word, but she’s concerned because photos are easy to copy. She could lose control and not be able to make a living from her talent.