From the U.S. Copyright Office:
"It is a principle of American law that an author of a work may reap the fruits of his or her intellectual creativity for a limited period of time.
Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States for original works of authorship, including literary, dramatic, musical, architectural, cartographic, choreographic, pantomimic, pictorial, graphic, sculptural, and audiovisual creations.
The term has come to mean that body of exclusive rights granted by law to authors for protection of their work.
The owner of copyright has the exclusive right to:
Copyright protection does not extend to any idea, procedure, process, slogan, principle, or discovery."
Copyright owner's rights:
Copyright Officer hours:
0900 to 4:30pm Monday-Thursday
0800 to 3:30 Friday
Review of materials sometimes requires a fair amount of time--please don't hesitate to email me your materials. firstname.lastname@example.org It is ok to send the thesis/dissertation itself or just the materials that caused a 'yes' selection on the copyright checklist. Be sure to include citations.
Office phone: (309) 438-2860
None of the material contained within this Guide should be construed as or considered to be legal advice. The information contained herein is for information and instructional purposes only.
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