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Copyright Demystified

Copyright can be complicated  

Copyright is the cornerstone of academic work – it encompasses many aspects of scholarship and creative activities. But copyright can be complicated – is there a way to make it easier to understand? This site provides guidance in understanding the basic information on copyright for academic work and teaching.

Things to remember:


The primary objective of copyright is not to reward the labor of authors, but '[t]o promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts.' To this end, copyright assures authors the right to their original expression, but encourages others to build freely upon the ideas and information conveyed by a work. This result is neither unfair nor unfortunate. It is the means by which copyright advances the progress of science and art.
Justice Sandra Day O'Connor
Feist Publications, Inc. v. Rural Telephone Service Co.
499 US 340, 349(1991)

It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.
Mark Twain 


Questions? Contact the Libraries' Scholarly Communications Officer: Elizabeth Brown, (607) 777-4882.

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Last Updated: 12/3/15