Understanding copyright

According to the U.S. Constitution, the purpose of copyright is "."

Most everything in print and on the internet is protected by copyright. This means that the creator of an original work has exclusive rights to how it is used and distributed.

The U.S. Copyright Act can be found at of the United States Code. The also provides information on copyright.

What is covered by copyright?

Copyright protects original works fixed in a tangible medium. Examples include movies, poetry, prose, software, artwork, musical notation, recorded music, animations, video, a web page, blog posts and comments, architectural drawings, or photographs.

Check the works you are using for statements about copyright, ownership, and intellectual property rights. It is your responsibility to respect these rights since you can be liable for any infringements.

Works in the public domain, such as a work first published in the United States before 1924, are no longer protected by copyright. Use the  to determine whether a work published in the United States is in the public domain or covered by copyright.

You can sometimes use copyrighted items for teaching and research purposes under fair use provisions or specific educational exceptions007真人网址. Works with an open license such as a license can also be legally shared with appropriate attribution or other specified conditions.

Learn more about copyright

  • Consult our to learn the basics of copyright, fair use, and more
  • Go through the tutorial
  • Check out the from the University of Texas to learn more about the ins and outs of copyright

Campus policies

Contact us

We are here to help you learn about copyright rules and know how to use information ethically. We offer one-on-one and small group consultation on topics related to rights and intellectual property issues in teaching, research, and publishing. We are also available for class lectures or other presentations.

If you have any questions, contact our copyright librarian, Ellen Dubinsky.