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Copyright Resources to Support Publishing and Teaching

A guide for faculty, staff, and students at Penn about how to obtain, manage, and understand copyright issues for their work

Understanding Copyright

We've all seen the copyright symbol lurking in the corner of a paper or the footer of a website, but what exactly is copyright and how do you get it for your own work? What does it mean when something is under copyright, and how does that affect you? This guide aims to help you get started in untangling these questions. Of course, we're not lawyers and can't give you legal advice, but we can give you the tools to make more informed decisions about (re)using copyrighted materials and help you to make choices about what you want to do with your own work. 

 

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Note: Most of the content in this guide is geared toward U.S. copyright law. For more information on international copyright law, see this page

Disclaimer

This guide is meant purely for educational purposes, and none of the content should be in any way construed as legal advice.

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Sarah Wipperman

Sarah Wipperman
Scholarly Communications &
Digital Repository Librarian

Specializations: author rights, publishing, and how/where to share scholarly work.
Contact me about: copyright, fair use, consultation on creating publications or adding materials to ScholarlyCommons.