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Open Educational Resources (OER)

This guide is intended to provide SNHU faculty/staff information and support in researching open educational resources and copyright/licensing. If you have comments or suggestions for the guide, please contact Heather Blicher at

Copyright Overview

Understanding U.S. Copyright law can be challenging. The laws can be complex especially in a digital environment.  Exemptions exist for classroom teaching, libraries, and online learning, fair use analyses are still an option, and obtaining permission (and sometimes paying a fee) are also options. Copyright is a set of protections afforded to the author of an original work. Under the 1976 Copyright Act, the copyright owner has the exclusive right to reproduce, adapt, distribute, publicly perform, and publicly display the work.

This section of the OER Guide is intended to help members of the SNHU community understand and comply with copyright law. It is not intended to be comprehensive or to serve as legal advice.

Use the blue buttons on the left to navigate through the guide and find what you need. Ask a librarian at if you need additional assistance!

SNHU Copyright Policy

U.S. Copyright Law

The following web resources have been compiled by a librarian and may be useful in your research but don't forget to always evaluate any websites you use!

More Copyright Resources