Copyright, Access, and Use

Identifying Usage Rights

Each object in Oregon Digital has a Rights statement identifying how the object may be re-used beyond Oregon Digital. We also encourage Fair Uses of our materials whenever possible. If you can't access an object to view its Rights statement, then it is restricted to one or both of the campuses (see Rights Reserved - Restricted Access below).

Additional Usage Requests

Additional usages may be granted by contacting the copyright holder or repository for permissions. Please use the contact form to request additional permissions, or contact the Rightsholder directly if known.

Rights Statements

Public Domain

Objects in the public domain do not have restrictions on usage. We request that you acknowledge the source of the object whenever possible.

Creative Commons Licenses

Creative Commons licenses provide limited uses as assigned by the rights holder. Refer to the Creative Commons website for more information. Creative Commons licenses:

Educational Use Permitted

Educational use is permitted without permission. Permission is required for additional uses.

Free Access - No Re-use

This rights statement is applicable when users have free, direct and full access to the digital object, but the rightsholder has retained all copyright. Permission is required for further uses.

Rights Reserved - Restricted Access

This rights statement is applicable when one of the hosting institutions has paid for licensed access to a resource for their user community.

This digital object is protected by copyright and/or related rights and is made available via a license to the contributing institution. This digital object is only accessible to members of the contributing institution and is subject to the licensing conditions agreed upon by the rightsholder and the organization giving access to it.

Users must be on campus or connected to the network for access to these materials. See the UO Libraries instructions for off-campus access.

Orphan Works

The Orphan works statement can be applied to objects that have been identified as orphan works in the country of first publication and in line with the requirements of the country. Orphan works legislation in the United States is in discussion. When an object has an orphan works statement, a good faith effort has been applied to try to identify the copyright holder and seek permission.


The Unknown rights statement can be applied to objects for which the contributing institution does not have conclusive information pertaining to the rights status of the digital object.

Machine-readable Rights Statements

The JSON-LD version of Oregon Digital specific rights statements is available on Oregon Digital's opaque_ns repository on GitHub.