Copyright Ownership

Every faculty member, student, librarian, and any other member of the university community is steadily creating new works that are protected automatically by copyright law. Each of us has important reasons to understand the fundamentals of copyright that apply to the books, papers, articles, websites, art, software, and music that we create in order to manage our works and to enjoy the benefits that the law grants. By making informed decisions about our own copyrights, we can help assure that our works are made available to readers and researchers, and help assure that our works will not be misused.

See the following pages for information on how to manage your copyrights:


Your Copyrights

Ownership Innovations

Publication Agreements

Work-for-Hire Case Summaries


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