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Protect your materials, no matter where your materials reside. Blackboard Open Content (formerly xpLor) offers a wide variety of protection from all rights reserved to share-alike.

Copyright and Digital Rights Management (DRM) is an integral piece of the Blackboard Open Content application. There are two main types of DRM within Blackboard Open Content: Creative Commons licenses and custom institutional or organizational licenses.

  1. Creative Commons is a non-profit organization that develops licenses and licensing structures for digital content, specifically open and freely distributable content. There are currently six types of Creative Commons licenses. Descriptions of the types of licenses are available on the Creative Commons website,
  2. Custom licenses can be developed and maintained by the institutions and organizations that require them. These custom licenses are only available to the creators of the licenses.

How to Add Copyright to Your Resource

You can add copyright to a resource when you are creating and importing it, or editing a draft.

You cannot change the copyright applied to a resource after it has been published.

  1. From the resource editor, click the copyright edit link, in the About panel.

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  2. Select a Type from the drop-down list.
    • Select Custom License to define a custom one. Type the Copyright License OwnerCopyright License URL, and URL Title.
  3. Click Update.

How Do I Know What Copyright License a Resource Has?

Discover the copyright license of a resource using the symbols shown below a resource. Descriptions of the types of licenses the symbols represent are available on the Creative Commons website at

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