Thursday, September 18, 2008

Getting to Know the Basics of Copyright Law

Our digital world immerses us 24/7 in intellectual property and it is prudent to know how the Copyright Law applies to these copyrighted materials, particularly to basic questions, such as these:
How long does copyright on an item last?
What is public domain?
What materials are copyrightable?
Is copyright automatic?
Do you need to register at the US Copyright Office?
What does the Copyright Law tell me about ownership?

The answers to these questions can be found at the Copyright Office’s Copyright Basics page,,,14494--,00.html.

For additional information about intellectual property issues, please visit the University Libraries’ Copyright Office homepage,

For more information, contact the University Libraries’ Copyright and Intellectual Property Manager, Dr. Fritz Dolak,, 765-285-5330.

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