What is Copyright?

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Copyright is a form of legal protection that covers both published and unpublished works such as books, sound or video recordings, art works, photographs and other printed or digital material. The copyright owner of a work could be the author, the publisher or any other person or entity having legal ownership. In most cases, permission must be obtained from the current copyright owner in order to use any of these works.   

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.

Here at AUS we consider both U.S. and UAE copyright law. Please use this guide to learn more about copyright practices at AUS and email copyright@aus.edu if you have any questions.