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 This protection is available to both published and unpublished works.
It gives copyright holders a set of exclusive rights to
These rights are subject to exceptions and limitations, such as a fair use provision that allows limited uses of works without permission from the copyright holder.
The University's Counsel, Matt Heeren, has reviewed and approved this site to research copyright questions. Direct any specific legal questions relating to copyright to the University's Counsel.
The educational materials on copyright is not intended to substitute for and is in no way legal advice.