Creative Commons Licenses for Open.Michigan Site Content
Open.Michigan incorporates a variety of Creative Commons licenses on its site. Each license carries with it a set of rights shared with you (the user) by the author of the work. Please read these licenses carefully to understand what freedoms you have with regard to the work you are using. If an author has reserved his or her copyright to a particular material, please respect those protected rights. Typically the license will be stated on the main project or course page, or will be presented to the user next to or within the work in question. For more information about the meaning of a license, click on the license image and follow the link to the license summary.
Unless otherwise noted, the content on the Open.Michigan website is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License, which allows users to copy, distribute, display, perform and create derivatives of the content on this site under the condition that the user provides attribution to U-M for U-M created work.
Proper attribution text for U-M works
[Author(s)], [Course Title (if applicable)], [Term (if applicable)]. (Open.Michigan, The Regents of the University of Michigan), [URL] (Accessed [Date]). License: Creative Commons [License Type (BY, BY-SA, BY-NC, BY-NC-SA)].
As an example, the attribution for Steven Jackson's Digital Government I course would read,
"Jackson, S., Digital Government I, Winter 2007. Open.Michigan, Regents of the University of Michigan, http://open.umich.edu/education/si/si532/winter2007 ; (Accessed 13, April 2010). License: Creative Commons Attribution (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)."
In addition to providing attribution to the author, Creative Commons-licensed materials should include a link to the license. For example, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/. Be sure to note the license attached to each course or material as it may differ from author to author.
Suspected Copyright Violation (adapted from MIT OCW) [CC-BY-NC-SA]
Open.Michigan, prior to making any materials publicly available, has reviewed all material extensively to determine the correct copyrights of the material and obtain the appropriate licenses to make the material available on Open.Michigan. Congress passed The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) of 1998 to protect the rights of copyright holders in this digital age. The University of Michigan values copyright law and protects its own as well as the rights of others. Open.Michigan will promptly remove any material that is determined to be infringing on the rights of others.
To file a DMCA notification, you must be either the copyright holder of the work or an individual authorized to act on behalf of the copyright holder. If you believe your copyright protection has been infringed on the Open.Michigan web site hosted by the University, please contact us at email@example.com or contact our DMCA agent:
Chief Information Security Officer
University of Michigan
Arbor Lakes Building 3, Rm. 2300
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1432
Email (address registered with U.S. Copyright Office): firstname.lastname@example.org
The DMCA specifies that all infringement claims must be in writing (either electronic mail or paper letter) and must include the following:
- A physical or electronic signature of the copyright holder or a person authorized to act on his or her behalf;
- Description of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed, including URL of any web site;
- Description of the material that is claimed to be infringed with information sufficient to permit the university to locate the material;
- Contact information for the owner or agent, including name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address;
- A statement that the copyright holder or authorized agent has a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted material complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, agent or the law; and
- A statement made under penalty of perjury that the information in the notification is accurate.
Use of University of Michigan Name (adapted from MIT OCW)
"U-M", "University of Michigan", and its logos and seal are trademarks of The Regents of the University of Michigan. Except for purposes of attribution as required by our Creative Commons License, you may not use U-M's names or logos, or any variations thereof, without prior written consent of U-M. You may not use the U-M name in any of its forms nor U-M seals or logos for promotional purposes, or in any way that deliberately or inadvertently claims, suggests, or in U-M's sole judgment, gives the appearance or impression of a relationship with or endorsement by U-M.
Privacy (adapted from MIT OCW)
Open.Michigan respects your privacy. We do not collect personally identifiable information about you unless you voluntarily provide it, such as when you provide email contact information to send feedback to Open.Michigan, or respond to a survey. If you voluntarily provide your email address or other contact information, we might also use it to inform you of changes to Open.Michigan, to survey you about your use or opinion of Open.Michigan, or to ask for your support. At your request, we will remove your contact information from our files.
We do not make your contact information or any other personally identifiable information available to anyone outside Open.Michigan or its service providers (who use the information only for authorized Open.Michigan purposes) unless we are legally required to do so.
In addition to the above, we collect certain anonymous (non-personally identifiable) information to help us improve the Open.Michigan web site and to evaluate the access and use of Open.Michigan materials and the impact of Open.Michigan on the worldwide educational community:
We collect information you provide about your use of and satisfaction with Open.Michigan through email you send us and through Open.Michigan surveys, whether or not you voluntarily include your contact information.
We may use web analysis tools that are built into the Open.Michigan web site to measure and collect anonymous session information.
We also use "cookies" to improve your Open.Michigan web experience and to collect anonymous information about how you use Open.Michigan. However, cookies are not required for Open.Michigan use. If your browser is configured not to accept cookies, you will still be able to access Open.Michigan and its content.
When we report information about Open.Michigan access, use, and impact, we report aggregate, non-personally identifiable data. Occasionally, we report quoted feedback from users. We do not attribute feedback to specific individuals unless we obtain permission to use that person's name along with the feedback.
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
As a public institution in the state of Michigan, the University of Michigan is subject to provisions of the state's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Under the FOIA, "all persons, except those persons incarcerated in state or local correctional facilities, are entitled to full and complete information regarding the affairs of government and the official acts of those who represent them as public officials and public employees…" Consequently, any individual other than a federal, state or county prisoner has the right to inspect and/or receive copies of public records maintained by the University. Please see University of Michigan's FOIA office website for more details.