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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 any questions, or if you would like more information, please contact:


Ellen Phillips - Director, Open Educational Resources & Intellectual Property, (603.652.1900)

Take Responsibility

This guide contains resources for learning more about copyright. The information given here is for general information use only. It is not legal advice.

SNHU faculty, staff and students are liable for any infringements they make on the rights of copyright owners.

Avoiding copyright infringement is the responsibility of the individual user. Being ignorant of the law will not protect you against a claim of infringement.


SNHU has provided the resources on this page and throughout this guide to help individuals learn more about copyright laws and issues. However, SNHU cannot be responsible for the accuracy or completeness of third party links. This guide is intended to be educational in nature and is not meant to constitute legal advice.

License Information

All original content in this guide is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 This link opens in a new window International License. 3rd-party content including, but not limited to images and linked items, are subject to their own license terms.

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.

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