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Copyright Guidelines for Students: Basics

Copyright and Fair Use

Before you use any content you did not create you should pause and think about copyright. The information below allows you to determine if the content is copyrighted and how you can use it.

Creative Commons Licenses

Much content is available for use through a Creative Commons license. Use the information below to find out how you can take advantage of this option.

Comparing Copyrights, Patents and Trademarks

Copyright protection is intended to promote learning and culture. Within an academic setting copyright protection gives scholars the right to demand attribution from others using their work. Scholars also have the right to transfer their copyright to publishers of their work. As a student you can use the work of the scholarly community in your research assignments and class presentations, but you must give credit to the author or creator.

Patents recognize new inventions derived from research. They often are expensive to obtain and usually require assistance from other people.

Trademarks often function as consumer protection tools by eliminating confusion over brands and quality. They are also used to strengthen the commercial interests of individuals and corporations.

 

 

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