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Get Up To Speed with OER

This is a self-paced tutorial for faculty and staff to learn about Open Educational Resources - what they are, how to find and evaluate them, how to adapt and create them, and how to handle the copyright and technical implications.

Remixing Your Own Work

As long as you do not have any employers, co-authors or publishers who have a claim to the work and deny you permission, you may remix your work and put it under a Creative Commons license. Do bear in mind, however, that a Creative Commons license cannot be revoked. You still do own the copyright, but you have made it open, and you can't close it back up to encourage royalties and sales or to shut down uses of your work that you don't like. 

If you may want to turn your work into an OER in the future, it is important to plan ahead and make sure that you negotiate your contracts so that you retain the rights to remix your own work and put it under a Creative Commons license if you choose. 

There can sometimes be restrictions on remixing your own previous work to create an OER:

  • If you created it as a work for hire, then the copyright does not belong to you. 
  • If you have one or more co-authors, they must give you permission.
  • If you published the work through a journal, a book publisher, a production house, etc. then you must examine your contract with them to see whether it permits you to put it or a derivative work based on it under a Creative Commons license. You may be able to negotiate an arrangement now, even if your original agreement did not allow you to.