The public draft included a definition of OER as follows:
Open Educational Resources (OERs) are teaching, learning and research materials in any medium – digital or otherwise – that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license… Open copyright licenses provide the public with free and perpetual permissions to:
(a) Retain – the right to create, own, and control copies of the content;
(b) Reuse – the right to use the content in a wide range of ways;
(c) Revise – the right to adapt, adjust, modify, or alter the content itself;
(d) Remix – the right to combine the original or revised content with other material to create something new;
(e) Redistribute – the right to share copies of the original content, the revisions, or the remixes with others.
OER are defined in terms of copyright – either (1) in the public domain or (2) released under an open license. And the characteristics of a license that make it an “open license” are a free and perpetual grant of permission to engage in the 5R activities.
The final version includes this definition of OER:
Open Educational Resources (OER) are learning, teaching and research materials in any format and medium that reside in the public domain or are under copyright that have been released under an open license… Open license refers to a license that respects the intellectual property rights of the copyright owner and provides permissions granting the public the rights to access, re-use, re-purpose, adapt and redistribute educational materials.
OER are still defined in terms of copyright – either (1) in the public domain or (2) released under an open license. But the characteristics required to make a license an “open license” have been limited.