What is Copyright?

Respect the rights of other copyright owners and complying with current copyright law.

Copyright is a form of legal protection provided to “original works of authorship,” expressed in a tangible medium. Basically copyright protection covers most forms of both published and unpublished works such as books, sound or video recordings, art works, photographs and other printed or digital material. In most cases permission must be obtained from the current copyright owner in order to use any of these works.   

The copyright owner of a work could be the author, the publisher, or any other person or entity having legal ownership.

Owners under the Copyright Act are given the exclusive right to:

  • Reproduction – the right to make copies of a protected work
  • Distribution – the right to sell or otherwise distribute copies to the public
  • Prepare derivative works based upon the work
  • Performance and display rights – the rights to perform a protected work or to display a work in public

Copyright can be a complex issue but it’s very important that we try to understand how it works so copyrighted materials can be used legally at AUS. Although we provide services to help you comply with copyright law, the ultimate responsibility for respecting copyright rests with you.

For more information on what is copyright please see http://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ01.pdf

  • Copyright Contact

    Copyright & Permissions Service

    Email: copyright@aus.edu
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