Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States (title 17, U. S. Code) to the authors of “original works of authorship,” including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works. Copyright gives authors exclusive rights to their creative works (with some limitations) and applies to "original works of authorship fixed in any tangible medium of expression."
Section 106 of the Copyright Law of the United States, describes exclusive rights in copyrighted works.
Subject to sections 107 through 122, the owner of copyright under this title has the exclusive rights to do and to authorize any of the following:
Research activity is a result of hard work, study, and research. The more your article is read and cited, the greater the value. Copyright affects both access to and the impact of your work.
As an author, you will likely encounter copyright agreements and which typically ask that you transfer some or all of your exclusive rights to a publisher. For example, you may transfer rights to:
reproduce the work in copies
prepare derivative works based upon the work
distribute copies of the work to the public
display the work publicly
As a researcher, you will likely be building upon the work of others and therefore be citing their prior work. Be sure and take a look at the resources in this guide that can help you determine whether your use is fair or otherwise allowed under copyright law, or whether you should seek permission to use a copyrighted work in your research.
For more information on Author Rights, see the Author Rights page of this guide.
This guide was created with resources from other guides (credited where applicable), and content created by Andrea Wirth, Scholarly Communications Librarian, and Christina Miskey, Citation & Bibliography Assistant.