When you create a scholarly piece of work, you own the copyright. When you agree to publish it in a journal or as a book, you grant some rights to your publisher, and you may keep others. The contract specifies these. Read more in these publications:
Creative Commons (CC) copyright licenses allow flexibility within the traditional “all rights reserved” setting that copyright law creates.
CC licenses give everyone a simple, standardized way to grant copyright permissions to their creative work.
Combine the different license permissions to get just what you need. See our Creative Commons Basics for further details on CC and its licenses.
The book Open Content A Practical Guide to Using Creative Commons Licences intends to provide interested individuals and organisations with practical guidelines for the use and application of open content licences: How do open content licences work? How do you choose the most suitable licence for your individual needs? Where can you find open content online? These are only some of the questions which these guidelines try to answer.
Fair use is a component of copyright law that permits limited use of copyright-protected works without permission from the owner in certain circumstances.
According to Copyright.gov, the four guidelines for determining fair use are:
Read more about the determination of fair use here.
When remixing OER material, consult this chart to determine whether differently licensed works can be combined.