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Copyright friendly resources often feature less restrictions than traditional copyrighted materials and offer expanded opportunities for reproduction. They include works in the public domain, works licensed under Creative Commons licences, and open access resources.  

 

Public Domain

Once a work’s copyright term expires, it enters the public domain and can be reproduced without permission. In Canada, works are protected for 50 years as of the December after the creator’s death. The term is 70 years for sound recordings.  Learn more about the public domain from this University of Alberta Public Domain Flowchart

 

Public domain works can be found at: Ebookfriendly, HathiTrust, Internet Archive, International Music Score Library, LibriVox, PixaBay Images, Project Gutenberg, and Wikipedia Public Domain

 

Creative Commons

Creative Commons is a non-profit organization that facilitates knowledge sharing through unique copyright licences. Creators who want to share their work widely and flexibly, while still maintaining some rights, can choose to license their work under one of Creative Common’s licences. Learn more about Creative Commons and its different licensing options here. 

 

Creative Commons works can be located using Search.creativecommons.org.  They can also be found at: Creative Commons Content Directories, Flickr, Legal Music For Videos, Places to Find Creative Commons Media, and Wikimedia Commons.  

 

Open Access

Open access refers to scholarly works that are freely available and can be shared with minimal restrictions.  Learn more about open access materials from this helpful video, Open Access Explained!

 

Open access resources can be found at: Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB), Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), Open Access Texts, OpenDoar, OpenStax, Public Library of Science, and PubMed.

 

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