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Copyright for Authors & Creators  

A guide to understanding and managing your work as intellectual property.
Last Updated: Apr 30, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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The Library Copyright Office supports NYU's research, teaching, and service mission by providing guidance for faculty, students, and staff on how copyright relates to the creation, use, and sharing of knowledge.

April Hathcock, Scholarly Communications Librarian,

Note: The Library Copyright Office and Fair Use list serv are dedicated to addressing copyright questions posed by members of the NYU community. We do not provide permissions to use NYU copyrighted material. If you are from outside NYU and wish to clear permssions to material created by an NYU individual or academic department, please contact that individual or department directly.



Copyright for Authors & Creators

If you are the author of an original, creative work,

such as an article, a photograph, a website, or a novel . . .

then, you are a copyright owner.


What does this mean?


 Image Credit: Jean-Bernard Restout, Le Poète inspiré (MBA Dijon)


Your Rights as an Author

It means that, under the law, you have rights to control:

  • where your work is published,
  • who has access, and
  • whether and how it can be re-used.

For more on the rights of authors under copyright law, see Author Rights.

Effectively managing your rights as a copyright owner can help you to maximize the impact of your research and scholarship.



What Is Covered?

Keep in mind that copyright only covers "original works of authorship." Ideas and facts are not covered by copyright law unless or until you express them in an original way.

For more on copyright coverage, see Copyright Basics.

Scholarly Communications Librarian

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The information presented here is intended for informational purposes and should not be construed as legal advice. If you have specific legal questions pertaining to NYU, please contact the Office of General Counsel.


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