Can I share copyrighted texts in an online course?


For MOOCs (EdX / BrownX), you should determine what rights are available for each text. Works published before 1928 are in the public domain and may be freely used. Works published after that may still be under copyright. If the work is found in a library database, you should check the licensing agreement for approved uses. If the work is in a print or online book, or published online, you should obtain permission before using.

For regular Brown courses taught online, you may use the course reserves system to share digital materials with your class, under the principle of fair use. Please see the course reserves information page for more guidelines or consult with .

Note that OCRA no longer exists and has been replaced with this new system.


  • Last Updated Jan 12, 2023
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  • Answered By Karen Bouchard

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