Who owns the intellectual property published on the MIT OpenCourseWare Web site?
What are the requirements of use for MIT OpenCourseWare?
How does MIT define non-commercial use?
How do I properly cite my reuse of MIT OpenCourseWare materials?
How can I contribute my own educational materials to MIT OpenCourseWare?
The intellectual property policies created for MIT OpenCourseWare are clear and consistent with other policies for scholarly materials used in education. Faculty retain ownership of most materials prepared for MIT OpenCourseWare, following the MIT policy on textbook authorship. MIT retains ownership only when significant use has been made of the Institute's resources. If student course work is placed on the MIT OpenCourseWare site, then copyright in the work remains with the student. Prior to making any course materials publicly available, the MIT OpenCourseWare 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. If you believe that a portion of MIT OpenCourseWare materials infringes another's copyright, please notify MIT OpenCourseWare.
The underlying premise and purpose of MIT OpenCourseWare is to make course materials used in MIT courses freely and openly available to others for non-commercial educational purposes. Through MIT OpenCourseWare, MIT grants the right to anyone to use the materials, either "as is," or in a modified form. There is no restriction on how a user can modify the materials for the user's purpose. Materials may be edited, translated, combined with someone else's materials, reformatted, or changed in any other way. However, there are three requirements that an MIT OpenCourseWare user must meet to use the materials:
Non-commercial use means that users may not sell, profit from, or commercialize OpenCourseWare materials or works derived from them. That said, we have found that there are certain "gray areas" in interpreting the non-commercial provision of OCW's Creative Commons license. The guidelines below are intended to help users determine whether or not their use of OCW materials would be permitted under the "non-commercial" restriction. Note that there are additional requirements (attribution and share alike) spelled out in our license.
If you choose to reuse or repost MIT OpenCourseWare materials, you must give proper attribution to the original MIT faculty author(s). Please see the Cite/Attribute OCW Content page for specific citation format and other details.
The intent of MIT OpenCourseWare is that our site should reflect the materials used in courses taught at MIT. The reason for this policy is that the materials presented on the MIT OpenCourseWare site are authored by members of the MIT Faculty, and thus, our faculty will take final responsibility for these materials. It would be difficult for MIT OpenCourseWare 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. MIT OpenCourseWare is eager to link to other universities or institutions that have similar goals. For more information about how your institution can openly publish its course materials in an OpenCourseWare environment, please visit the Open Education Consortium site.