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Answered By: Suzanne Schriefer, Education & General Education Librarian
Last Updated: Feb 15, 2017     Views: 22

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

The Copyright Toolkit includes:

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

Consult the Article 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 articles 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 with additional questions about the Toolkit or the Permission Request Form.

Contact 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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