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Learn more about the basics of copyright and your rights as an author.



This guide will help you decide if a work is copyrighted and how you can use it for your research and course projects.

What is Copyright?

Copyright law provides the creator of a work the right to

  • Reproduce the work
  • Distribute the work
  • Prepare derivative works
  • Perform the work
  • Display the work

What is Protected?

  • Literary works (book, articles)
  • Computer Programs
  • Artistic work (paintings, cartoons, art)
  • Music and sound recordings
  • Cinema (tv, film)

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In This Guide

  • Author Rights
  • Fair Use
  • Creative Commons and Public Domain
  • Classroom Use
  • More Links
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