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Intellectual Property: Patents, Trademarks and Copyright

About Copyright

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Copyright is a bundle of rights for creators who make an original work in a fixed medium.  It allows creators (or owners of copyright) to distribute, perform, reproduce, display, sell, or make derivatives of their work.  Copyright protections are granted to a creator the moment their work is in a fixed, tangible form.  In other words, the moment when an idea, image, lyric, or other work can be seen, heard, or touched is when a copyright is granted!  Copyright can also be transferred;  for example, a scholar may transfer the copyright for an article to a publisher.  Copyright can also be shared in a case where more than 1 person contributed or collaborated to a creation.

See our Research Guides for information and curated lists of authoritative information, books and other material on copyright.

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Last updated on May 10, 2024 3:06 PM