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This guide explains how to find scholarly and creative work that can be reused in educational materials, theses, and the like. It also explains how to license one's own work for reuse.

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This guide explains how to find scholarly and creative materials that can be freely reused - either because copyright holders have given their automatic approval via Creative Commons licenses or because work has entered the public domain. This guide also explains how to apply Creative Commons licenses to your own work should you wish to share it with others.

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Fair Use and TEACH Act

Fair use and copyright law are not the focus of this guide. For more about those topics, see: 

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Talea Anderson
Scholarly Communication Librarian
Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation
Washington State University Libraries
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