[The Congress shall have power] "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. Constitution, Article I Section 8 Clause 8
The Scholarly Communication Department provides copyright guidance to the Virginia Tech community based on its 20-years of experience with online scholarly communications, including its work with
- eJournals faculty-edited academic journals
- ETDs: Electronic Theses and Dissertations
- eReserves: Online Course Materials
- NewsOnline from TV and newspapers
- VT ImageBase: digital image database
Out of these and other activities, we have gained a wealth of experience with copyright for scholarship and instruction. We will help you interpret the copyright law, U.S. Code, Title 17.
- Section 102: Original authorship
- Section 106: Exclusive rights of creators
- Section 107: Fair use
- Section 108: Library services
- Section 110: Instruction--TEACH Act
Copyright in Scholarship and Instruction & an Open Access Primer,
Feb. 7, 2012
© for Human Development Professional Development Seminar, Oct. 30, 2009 (handout)
ETDs@VT: Copyright--Your Rights and Responsibilities, Feb. 16, 2011 (flier)
Myths about Copyright
( original by Brad Templeton)
- Copying just a little bit is OK.
- Attribution is as good as permission.
- It's free advertising.
- I modified it; now it's mine.
- It's OK--it's for educational purposes.
- You have to give away all your rights to get published.
- It doesn't say it's copyrighted.
- It's on the Web so I can use it without asking.
As of March 1, 1989, the copyright warning does not have to appear for a work to be legally copyrighted. However, it is a good idea to remind people of your copyrights by including:
© 1997 by [your name]
Consider adding statements that grant permission or restrict use, such as:
"Permission is given to copy this work provided credit is given and copies are not intended for sale."
Creative Commons licensing options
For additional information or assistance, contact Gail McMillan , Director, Scholarly Communication Department