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Copyright guidance and information for the Franklin University community


license is a permission to use something. Licenses contain terms of use which govern what use can be made of licensed content, and how that content can be used.

The Franklin University Library has negotiated various licenses which permit members of the Franklin University community to make use of licensed content. Material available outside of the library may also have a license (such as the Creative Commons license discussed below) which permit you to use material under specified terms.

You can use licensed material as long as your use complies with the terms of the license. If you have questions about using materials licensed by the library, contact the library:

Creative Commons

Not all licenses are negotiated licenses. A copyright holder can issue a license permitting use of their works as long as certain conditions are met. An example of this is the Creative Commons license.

Creative Commons provides a variety of license options which creators can use to set the terms by which others can use their works.1 Their website provides an explanation of what the different Creative Commons terms and conditions mean.2

More information on Creative Commons licenses is available on our Open Educational Resources page.

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