Licensing for Remixed Materials Discussion

Hi all,

Thank you for a great meeting today! In our meeting I had a question about how to properly license our material. Specifically, I was asking about how to appropriately copyright remixed materials, where we have compiled resources from various sources where each source may have a different copyright.

This link ( was provided (thank you!) and the suggestion that Pressbooks may be a good format for remixed materials as we can introduce the book with the proper warning/acknowledgment and then we can copyright each section as appropriate given the source(s) in that section.

Joel (@gladja0) also mentioned his book in Pressbooks was formatted this way and we could look at it to see an example?

Wanted to start the discussion in this format as well as our meeting and thank you all for your support and feedback!


Hi Tracy – I am also curious about this topic/discussion. This Pressbooks title has been shared with me in the past as a great example of how to provide attribution and denote what content has been adapted. You can see this at the end of each chapter: Blueprint for Success in College and Career


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Thank you Emily - I really like the book that you have linked here and will likely use this resources as we format our book. I really appreciate having this example and can see how to format ours with the introduction license information and then in each section!

Thanks for sharing the Pressbook resource, @emily.frank. This chapter offers a good example of how some navigate the complexity of licensing remixed sources: Chapter 2: What’s College For? – Blueprint for Success in College and Career. The “Licenses and Attributions” part at the end identifies the separate licensing and restrictions for each of the sources. In addition, the very bottom of the Pressbooks chapter (if you scroll all the way down), identifies the global license for the entire textbook, “unless noted otherwise.”

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Dave’s approach in the Blueprint for Success book is a good example; thanks for sharing, Emily! In terms of attribution and licensing, a simple approach that helps me start out is the TASL model:

  • T - Title
  • A - Author
  • S - Source (URL)
  • L - License

I try to make sure that each TASL element is in my attribution for a resource. With remixes, it’s also good to mention what modifications were made — this is mainly if you’re reworking a major piece of content to better fit into your resource.

A lot of books will also contain back matter sections that more clearly state the Licensing and Remixing Information on the book. See examples from Introduction to Philosophy: Ethics and Media Innovation and Entrepreneurship. This could complement anything you’re setting up on the chapter level.

Here’s the link to Joel’s text: Write What Matters. He can probably point to a good chapter to refer to!

I can point to a chapter of ours that shows how we navigated attribution: Drafting Part 2: Introductions – Write What Matters. The beginning of the chapter includes a preface, then an editor’s introduction that ties the material to other sections in the textbook. We then include an excerpt from another textbook, as the main lesson material. At the end we included a shaded box that explains how the chapter is pieced together–it’s almost like a story of how it came to be, with links and licensing info.

As you can see, the way we managed attribution and licensing in this chapter is a little different from the other example above. Our solution may not be appropriate for other kinds of textbooks, but it seems to work for us.

I really like @apurva’s TASL model. That’s a great starting place. Use that along with examples like you see here and elsewhere.