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What is Copyright?

Copyright is a form of protection grounded in the U.S. Constitution and granted by law for original works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression. Copyright covers both published and unpublished works.

Copyright, a form of intellectual property law, protects original works of authorship including literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works, such as poetry, novels, movies, songs, computer software, and architecture. Copyright does not protect facts, ideas, systems, or methods of operation, although it may protect the way these things are expressed

Copyright protects original works of authorship, while a patent protects inventions or discoveries. Ideas and discoveries are not protected by the copyright law, although the way in which they are expressed may be. A trademark protects words, phrases, symbols, or designs identifying the source of the goods or services of one party and distinguishing them from those of others.

From: United States Copyright Office

    Copyright Clearance Center

    GCSoM maintains an Annual Copyright License for Academic Institutions with the Copyright Clearance Center.  Check here to confirm that a journal is covered by our license.

    Under the terms of our license with CCC, faculty may distribute print and online copyrighted to content to students and faculty via:

    •          Print coursepacks
    •          Classroom handouts
    •          Electronic reserves
    •          Course management systems
    •          Institution Intranets
    •          CD-ROM/DVD
    •          Other electronic academic uses

    Teaching tips for faculty

    • Use the approved copyright slide at the beginning of all powerpoints
    • Provide complete, accurate citations for all materials used
    • Use a copyright statement in your syllabi
    • Don’t circumvent technology that prevents copying and/or dissemination of materials
    • Use links to copyrighted materials, rather than pdfs
    • Check with the library about use of material from licensed resources

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