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Copyright and Fair Use

Copyright is a bundle of rights to reproduce, to distribute, to prepare derivative works, to perform or display the work, or to authorize others to do any of those things. The rights defined in U.S. copyright law are exclusive rights of the copyright holder – the author or creator.

These rights are alienable, meaning you can give them away or sell them. You may grant licenses for these rights, which can be exclusive (meaning just the one person or entity you name may use the right[s]) or nonexclusive (meaning that anyone or any entity may use the right[s]). These rights are also divisible, meaning you can retain some rights while giving away or selling other rights.

When you publish your scholarly or creative work, you can negotiate with your publisher to keep all of your bundle of rights, or at least some of them. Why give away your intellectual property? UTA Librarians can help you with this process. For more information about copyright in publishing or in the classroom, please see this guide or contact your subject librarian.

Copyright and Fair Use Guide

To learn more about copyright, media in the classroom, creative commons, plagiarism, and more, see our Copyright and Fair Use Guide.


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