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Copyright Guidelines for Faculty  

Last Updated: Jun 26, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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Copyright Basics

Copyright protects “original works of authorship” that are fixed in a tangible form of expression. Copyright is secured automatically when the work is created, and a work is “created” when it is fixed in a copy for the first time.   More...

       Copyright Protected                                            

  •  literary works                                                                     
  •  musical works, including any accompanying words
  •  dramatic works, including any accompanying music
  •  pantomimes and choreographic works
  •  pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works
  •  motion pictures and other audiovisual works
  •  sound recordings
  •  architectural works

   Generally Not Copyright Protected

  • works that have not been fixed in a tangible form of expression (for example, choreographic works that have not been notated or recorded, or improvisational speeches or performances that have not been written or recorded)
  • titles, names, short phrases, and slogans; familiar symbols or designs; mere variations of typographic ornamentation,lettering, or coloring; mere listings of ingredients or contents
  • ideas, procedures, methods, systems, processes, concepts,principles, discoveries, or devices, as distinguished from adescription, explanation, or illustration
  • works consisting entirely of information that is common property and containing no original authorship (forexample: standard calendars, height and weight charts,tape measures and rulers, and lists or tables taken frompublic documents or other common sources)


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