Welcome to the Copyright Center
Fundamentals of Copyright
- Copyright applies to nearly all creative and intellectual works. If you hear, see, read, or watch it, it is most likely copyright protected.
- Original works in tangible form are protected under copyright with or without copyright notice or registration. Law provides benefits if you put the copyright sign or register your work.
- Works created after Jan 1, 1978 - Copyright protection is the life of the author plus 70 years.
- For works made for hire (author is the employing party), protection is 95 years from publication or 120 years from creation whichever is lesser.
- Works created 1923-1977 – Maximum copyright protection is 95 years.
- Public Domain.
- Works in public domain lack copyright protection.
Plagiarism – Using somebody’s works without giving the author credit. Unintentional plagiarism occurs when the author of the work is not cited or given appropriate credit; intentional plagiarism occurs when one person intentionally steals someone else’s work. Avoid plagiarism by citing works borrowed. (Butler, p. 55)
License - A license is an agreement between the seller and the purchaser which can either be a physical or virtual document granting limited and nonexclusive rights to the purchaser use the material for specified purposes for a fixed duration of time. The license defines the way by which the copyrighted works can be used. (Butler, p. 40)
Copyright terms, definitions, and procedures
- Alternatives to Copyright
- Copyright Ownership
- Copyright Procedures for Distance Education
- Fair Use - General Information
- Fair Use Guidelines for Educational Multimedia
- Fair Use Tabe for Educational Multimedia
- Public Domain
- Public Performance Rights
- TEACH Act
- Web Resources
- Copyright Information Officer - Cynthia Helms - 269-471-6260
- Compliance Officer - Ethan Jones - 269-471-6515
- University General Counsel - Brent Gearty - 269-471-6530
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James White Library
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