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Introduction and Legal Disclaimer

The Library staff have compiled this web site to assist ATSU faculty, staff and students address copyright issues.  While the Library staff are not copyright experts, we are glad to assist you in using this site to research a specific question.  Adrienne's contact information is on this page, and she is a good person to ask.  However, anyone in the library will try and assist you in your search.  The University's Counsel, Matt Heeren, has reviewed and approved this site as a good site to research copyright questions.  You will still need to contact him with any specific legal questions relating to copyright.   The advice and information on copyrighted materials provided by the library is not intended to substitute for and is in no way legal advice.  


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.  This protection is available to both published and unpublished works.

Copyright Protects

  • 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
  • Architectural works
  • Computer software

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Information and resources have been taken from the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine LibGuide and the University of Michigan Library LibGuide with their approval.