Copyrighting your work is an important step if you want to protect your work and what you have done with it. Copyright applies to all creative works, including those that are written, recorded or compiled. Whatever your plans are for your creative work, licensing the work appropriately will let others know how it can and cannot be used. If you have used another personas files or work in your iBook, it is also necessary to attribute their work correctly and ensure that you are following the requirements of their licensing.
The Copyright Resources Center (http://library.osu.edu/projects-initiatives/copyright-resources-center/) at OSU provides various ways to help your with all your copyright concerns. They provides various services including
- Information on how to register a copyright
- Copyright permissions request assistance
- Fair Use is a section of copyright law that protects copyright infringement. It provides leniency for people to use copyrighted material as long as it is for nonprofit or scholarly use, a relatively small portion of a work, and does not strongly impact the market or value of the copyrighted work.
- Information about fair use relating to copyright can be found at (http://library.osu.edu/projects-initiatives/copyright-resources-center/fair-use/)
It is generally suggested that for iBook creation, authors use files that are licensed for modification and redistribution (with proper attribution) rather than attempting to keep the content within fair use requirements.
- Open access publishing is a movement that promotes the authors of scholarly works to license them under more open copyright terms (for example, copyright licenses allowing others to modify and redistribute the work as long as proper attribution in given). The goal of open access publishing is to create a pool of freely available education on the web and maximize the impact of scholarly research.