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Copyright of OpenLearn

The materials including the free courses made available on the OpenLearn Site ("Materials") are released under the terms of the Creative Commons licence. This allows you to use the Materials throughout the world without payment but for non-commercial purposes only. Please read the Creative Commons Licence in full before downloading or otherwise making use of the Materials.

You must however read these rights subject to any restrictions on use applying to any Materials or part of them such as video and photographic images ("Special Restrictions"). If you do not agree to be bound by the Creative Commons Licence or any Special Restriction then you must not use this Site and its Materials.

We may bring any rights granted to you to an end at any time without necessarily providing notice to you.

When using Materials you must attribute The Open University (the OU) and/or any identified author in accordance with the terms of the Creative Commons licence and our syndication policy as outlined below:

  1. Content MUST retain brand association
  2. Content MUST retain proper attribution to the OU along with links back
  3. Content MUST have 'canonical referencing'; that is, a natural search for syndicated content will deliver the user to The Open University, not the third-party who has provided a potentially high-profile but additional platform for OU content

Each of the free courses has an "Acknowledgments" section which will identify the author/owner(s) and any Special Restriction(s) applying. You must take account of and abide by any restrictions set out in this section in using any of the free courses.

This Site also contains proprietary materials which are owned by or licensed to the OU and which are not subject to the Creative Commons Licence. These materials which will be identified as "PROPRIETARY" include our logos and trading names (e.g. OpenLearn), certain photographic and video images, sound recordings and the design, layout and appearance of and graphics contained within this Site. These proprietary materials are protected by intellectual property rights. Unauthorised use of these materials may constitute intellectual property infringement.

Copyright and rights falling outside the terms of the Creative Commons Licence are retained or controlled by The Open University.

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