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Copyright 101

Not too long ago, the only familiarity most of us had with copyright was the copyright notice inside the books we read. Most faculty members would have been aware of assigning a copyright to a publisher, but this was typically an inconsequential act. Today copyright has complicated ramifications throughout academic life. You probably have an intuitive understanding of copyright's importance in the creation and distribution of creative works -- books, journal articles, electronic publications, music, movies, software, artworks, and sculpture. And you probably are aware that when you make and distribute copies of others' works to your students, or to research colleagues, it may or may not be a fair use. The options for scholarly communication have never been broader or more effective. You'll find discussion of copyright woven all through important aspects of research and teaching, such as:

  • the use of others' works in the classroom, in fieldwork, and the laboratory
  • building on the works of others to create new works
  • open source software development use and reuse of datasets
  • Creative Commons licensing
  • open access to research results and its acceleration of the pace of scientific discovery
  • the digitization of books in the public domain and digital access to works still in print as well as orphan works
  • the resulting opportunities to discover knowledge that's been hard to access in the past

What is copyright?

 

Learn about what copyright involves, including what types of works are subject to copyright protection.

Debunking copyright myths

There are lot of misconceptions about copyright. The U.S. Copyright Office debunks five of the most common ones here.

Exceptions for Instructors

Websites

Copyright Crash Course

Books available in Lewis Library

Attribution

Much of this guide has been adapted from the University of Texas Libraries' Copyright Crash Course created by Georgia Harper. The guide can be found here: http://doi.org/10.15781/T24J09X6J 

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