Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for OpenCourseWare

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Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for OpenCourseWare

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Title: Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for OpenCourseWare
Author: Bays, Terri; Carchidi, Daniel; Carter-Galvan, Sheree; Chambers, Pamela; Fons, Garin; Gooding, Ira; Hardin, Joseph; Kleymeer, Pieter; Smith, Robbin
Abstract: This document is a code of best practices designed to help those preparing OpenCourseWare (OCW) to interpret and apply fair use under United States copyright law. The OCW movement, which is part of the larger Open Educational Resources (OER) movement, was pioneered in 2002, when the Massachusetts Institute of Technology launched its OpenCourseWare initiative, making course materials available in digital form on a free and open basis to all. In 2005, MIT helped to organize with the support of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation a group of not-for-profit organizations interested in following the OpenCourseWare model and standardizing the delivery of OCW material. This group of institutions, known as the OCW Consortium (OCWC), has grown into a concern of more than 200 universities worldwide promoting universal access to knowledge on a nonprofit basis. The mission of OCWC is “to advance formal and informal learning through the worldwide sharing and use of free, open, high-quality educational materials organized as courses.”
Description: 22 pages.
Date: 2009-10

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