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Answered By: Suzanne Schriefer, Criminal Justice & Paralegal Librarian
Last Updated: Feb 15, 2017     Views: 19

Once a resource is "fixed"-- meaning that it has been documented in writing, in print, or online -- it is copyright protected.  If the book is covered by a Creative Commons license that allows for commercial use (CC BY, CC BY-SA, or CC BY-ND), the book or book chapter can be included in a course. In all other cases, obtaining permission from the copyright holder is recommended before including the book or portion of the book in a course.

The Copyright Toolkit includes:

  • instructions for obtaining permission to use a copyright-protected book or portion of a book in a course
  • a "Permission Request" form to use when requesting permission from the copyright holder 

Consult the Book page in the Toolkit to view:

  • typical scenarios and recommendations
  • a flow chart to guide decision-making
  • links to Library databases and other resources that provide access to books that are copyright compliant and can be used in a course

The Copyright Toolkit is an excellent resource for Rasmussen Faculty. Use the Toolkit to learn more about copyright and to answer specific questions about the use of resources within Rasmussen courses.

Contact librarians@rasmussen.edu with additional questions about the Toolkit or the Permission Request Form.

Contact compliancequestions@rasmussen.edu if you have reviewed the content in the Copyright Toolkit, but still have a question about the use of a specific resource in your course.

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