FAQ: Intellectual Property
- Who owns the intellectual property published on the Notre Dame OCW Web site?
- How does Notre Dame OCW define non-commercial use?
- How do I properly cite my reuse of Notre Dame OCW materials?
- How can I contribute my own educational materials to the Notre Dame OCW?
- What do I do if I believe a portion of Notre Dame OCW material infringes my copyright?
Prior to making any course materials publicly available, the Notre Dame OCW team has reviewed all material extensively to determine the correct ownership of the material and obtain the appropriate licenses to make the material openly available on the Web. We will promptly remove any material that is determined to be infringing on the rights of others [See also What do I do if I believe a portion of Notre Dame OCW material infringes my copyright?].
The intellectual property policies created for Notre Dame OCW are clear and consistent with other policies for scholarly materials used in education. Faculty retain ownership of most materials prepared for Notre Dame OCW. Notre Dame OCW retains ownership only when significant use has been made of the Institute's resources. If student course work is placed on the Notre Dame OCW site, then copyright in the work remains with the student.
A commercial use would involve the assessment of a direct or indirect fee for use of the Notre Dame OCW materials, or any derivation or modification of the Notre Dame OCW material, or any other commercial exploitation of Notre Dame OCW materials. All uses, reuse, and distribution of Notre Dame OCW material, including works derived from Notre Dame OCW material, must be attributed to Notre Dame OCW and to the original authors where identified on the Notre Dame OCW materials you distribute. If you would like to use Notre Dame OCW course materials, but you are unsure whether your intended use qualifies as non-commercial use, please contact us using the feedback link at the top of the page.
To reuse or repost materials from Notre Dame OCW, confirm that the license allows for the use you intend. If the license permits reuse, you must give proper attribution to the original Notre Dame OCW faculty author(s).
For your convenience, at the bottom of each page, we provide a citation in APA format, a copyright statement and a license for that page.
Or you may chose to cite the resource in the following manner: "This material was created by or adapted from material created by Notre Dame OCW faculty member, (Name), (Title), (Year). Copyright © (Year), (Faculty Member's Name)."
As an example, the citation for "PHIL 20214 Ancient Wisdom and Modern Love" taught by Professor David O'Connor would read, "This material was created or adapted from material created by Notre Dame OCW faculty member, David O'Connor, Associate Professor, 2007. Copyright © 2008, David O'Connor."
If you want to use the course materials on your Web site, and the materials are licensed using a Creative Commons license, you must also include a copy of the Creative Commons license, or clear and reasonable link to its URL (for example, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/), with every copy of the materials or the derivative work(s) you create from it.
The intent of Notre Dame OCW is that our Web site should reflect the course materials for what is being taught at Notre Dame OCW. The reason for this policy is that the materials presented on the Notre Dame OCW site are authored by members of the Notre Dame OCW Faculty, and thus, our faculty will take final responsibility for these materials. It would be difficult for Notre Dame OCW to guarantee the accuracy and originality of materials we received from outside sources. However, we encourage other universities to create their own "opencourseware" in which materials from their courses would be posted online and openly shared with the world. Notre Dame OCW is eager to link to other universities or institutions that have similar goals.
Notre Dame OCW, prior to making any Notre Dame OCW materials publicly available, has reviewed all material extensively to determine the correct ownership of the material and obtain the appropriate licenses to make the material available on Notre Dame OCW. Notre Dame OCW will promptly remove any material that is determined to be infringing on the rights of others. If you believe that a portion of Notre Dame OCW material infringes on your copyright, please contact us using the feedback page or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To file the notification, you must be either the copyright owner of the work or an individual authorized to act on behalf of the copyright owner. Your notification must include:
- Identification of the copyrighted work, or, in the case of multiple works at the same location, a representative list of such works at that site.
- Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity. You must include sufficient information, such as a specific URL or other specific identification, for us to locate the material.
- Information for us to be able to contact the claimant (e.g., email address, phone number).
- A statement that the claimant believes that the use of the material has not been authorized by the copyright owner or an authorized agent.
- A statement that the information in the notification is accurate and that the claimant is, or is authorized to act on behalf of, the copyright owner.
If you do not include an electronic signature with your claim, you may be asked to send or fax a follow-up copy with a signature.