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Submit Course Reserves: Copyright Info

This guide is created for faculty who want to learn more about how to place items on course reserves and also how to place items on electronic reserve for Canvas.

Copyright FAQ

Where can I find more information on Copyright?
On the U.S. Government's site on Copyright law and policies.

How long is a work protected under Copyright law?
It varies for each item. For more information, check out this page.

Whose responsibility is it to make sure I follow Copyright law?
Your own. But if you have questions then please reach out to your friendly librarians!

Copyright Information

What is Copyright?

Copyright is legal protection that covers both published and unpublished original works of authorship.

What does Copyright protect? 

• 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, which are works that result from the fixation of a series of musical, spoken, or other sounds

• Architectural works

What does Copyright NOT protect?

• Ideas, procedures, methods, systems, processes, concepts, principles, or discoveries

• Works that are not fixed in a tangible form (such as a choreographic work that has not been notated or recorded or an improvisational speech that has not been written down)

• Titles, names, short phrases, and slogans

• Familiar symbols or designs

• Mere variations of typographic ornamentation, lettering, or coloring

• Mere listings of ingredients or contents