This page is dedicated to helping understand the role that copyright plays in higher education.
For an in-depth explanation of copyright, including new laws and regulations that impact how copyright works in the United States please utilize the library's Copyright Crash Course.
The preamble for U.S. copyright law states the goal of copyright to "promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries." U.S. Const., art. I, § 8, cl. 8.
With some exceptions, copyright protection applies to "original works of authorship fixed in any tangible medium of expression" (17 U.S. Code §102a). Note the words "original" and "fixed" - it needs to be both things. For example, if you have an original idea for a poem but have not expressed it in a tangible medium, that poem is not protected by copyright.
Section 106 of the 1976 Copyright Act gives the owner of the copyright the exclusive right to do and authorize others to
This list is from Copyright Basics (2012) available at https://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ01.pdf
This list is from the Claremont Colleges Library's copyright guide under "Copyright Resources: What is Covered by Copyright." http://libguides.libraries.claremont.edu/copyright-resources/copyrightprotection
This work, "Copyright at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology", is a derivative of "Copyright at the University of San Francisco" by Charlotte Roh licensed under CC-BY. "Copyright at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology", is licensed under CC-BY, by David Sibley