Copyright protection automatically exists from the time the work is created in fixed form. There is no requirement that the work be published or registered to obtain protection under copyright law. The copyright of any work immediately becomes the property of the author who created the work, unless it is a work-for-hire, or unless ownership has been assigned by written agreement.
As such, each student grants the University a limited, non-exclusive, royalty-free license to reproduce the student's work, in whole or in part, in electronic form to be posted in the University Library database and made available to the general public at no charge.
This does not mean that UNC-Chapel Hill owns the copyright to your work you do , but the University has the right to reproduce and distribute your work. Public universities often require students to allow reproduction and distribution of academic work to support the dissemination of intellectual thought and discovery.
Regardless of whether or not you register copyright for your thesis or dissertation, UNC-Chapel Hill requires that you include a copyright notice following the title page. See Section I of this Guide and the sample copyright page for the format of this notice.
Including this page helps to establish that you are the owner of the work. It also protects you, as the copyright holder, from anyone claiming innocent infringement or unintentional violation of copyright. You may wish to register your copyright with the U. Copyright Office at the Library of Congress. As mentioned above, copyright registration is not a condition to copyright protection. There are, however, advantages to registration, especially if you have a claim of infringement of your copyright.
Office of Copyright web page also provides extensive information on all aspects of copyright law. Although notice of copyright and formal registration are not necessary, we do suggest that authors of theses and dissertations provide such notice. At CUA, the author may place notice of copyright on the title page of the thesis or dissertation.
This can be accomplished simply by adding the word or symbol for copyright, the name of the student, and the year, e. Students at CUA are advised that copyright applies to all theses and dissertations, symbol or no, and to consult and follow copyright law when using materials created by others. For information on when use of someone else's material may be used without permission under the "fair use" doctrine, see Your Copying Rights Under Copyright Law.
If you decide that the "fair use" doctrine may not apply to your proposed use, then you need to obtain permission from the copyright owner. The Kenneth Crews guide referred to above discusses when permission is needed, and contains a sample permission letter.
We also recommend registration of copyright with the U. You can register copyright yourself: The United States Copyright Office is http: For example, the Copyright Office might register your claim to copyright of a document that is actually taken from other already copyrighted sources or material that is legally in the public domain. In order for copyright to be valid, the material has to be legally subject to copyright, and registration does nothing for that one way or another.
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dissertation more successful, and to help you avoid possible copyright conflicts and dilemmas in the future. The subject of this manual is your dissertation, but many of the issues here will arise in all of.
There are two main ways for you to file for copyright of your thesis or dissertation: You may empower ProQuest to file the application on your behalf. When you submit your thesis or dissertation, ProQuest charges a fee for this service ($55, subject to change).
Thus, copyright vests with the author of a dissertation or thesis immediately upon creation of the work, and no notice of copyright or formal registration is necessary. Students are directed to the article entitled New Media, New rights, and Your New Dissertation, . Your dissertation (and any other creative work) is already automatically copyright in your name as soon as it assumes "fixed form," i.e., as soon as it is written. It's publication (or deposit) in ProQuest's dissertations database or in the UNL DigitalCommons provides an independently verified date of record.
From the beginning of the writing process all the way to submitting and publishing your dissertation, this guide will walk you through addressing copyright and other legal considerations based on the content you're using in your dissertation. Including material produced by other authors in your dissertation or thesis can serve a legitimate research purpose, but you want to avoid copyright infringement in the process. Republishing someone else's work, even in abbreviated form, requires permission from the author or copyright owner.