License Information

All items submitted to the Knowledge Bank must have copyright clearance.  Submitters must also grant us permission to archive and disseminate the work by agreeing to the Knowledge Bank License Agreement. Submitters also have the opportunity to apply a Creative Commons license.

Knowledge Bank License Agreements

Required Knowledge Bank License Agreement

When submitting material to the Knowledge Bank, the following agreement appears in the submission template:

“By submitting this agreement, the copyright owner grants the Knowledge Bank the non-exclusive right to reproduce, translate, display, and/or distribute the submission (including the abstract) as agreed upon, in print and electronic format and in any medium, including but not limited to audio or visual for the purposes of inclusion in the Knowledge Bank. You also agree that the Knowledge Bank may make and retain more than one copy for the purpose of preservation, security and backup.

You represent that you have the authority to grant the rights contained in this agreement. You also represent that your submission does not, to the best of your knowledge, infringe upon anyone's copyright. If the submission contains material for which you do not hold copyright, you represent that you have obtained the unrestricted permission of the copyright owner to grant the Knowledge Bank the rights in this agreement, and that such third party owned material is clearly identified and acknowledged within the text or content of the submission. Alternatively, you represent that your use of third party material is allowed because the material is in the public domain or you have performed a fair use analysis and believe your use is permitted.”

When a community asks the Knowledge Bank staff to submit an item on its behalf, an additional license agreement is required.

Optional Creative Commons License

Creative Commons helps you publish your work online while letting others know exactly what they can and can't do with your work. With a Creative Commons license, you keep your copyright but allow people to copy and distribute your work provided they give you credit — and only on the conditions you specify.

More information about the licenses is available from Creative Commons.