A Note about Plagiarism
Some works are not copyrighted, for example works where the copyright has expired, or works by the federal government. However, the rules of attribution, meaning citing the sources of information used in your own work, still apply. Even when using out of copyright works, it is important to properly cite the sources you've used. Failure to do so is a violation of Plymouth State University's Academic Integrity Policy.
Books on Copyright
Copyright is a bundle of rights that belongs to the creator to incentivize the creation of new works. As codified in 17 US Code, the creator of a work has the exclusive right of
What can be copyrighted?
Copyright exists in any original work as soon as it is fixed in a tangible form. Copyrightable works include:
What cannot be copyrighted?
The following cannot be copyrighted, but may be covered by other intellectual property systems such as trademarks or patents:
How long does copyright last?
Currently, for works published in the United States, the length of the copyright term is life of the author plus 70 years, and unpublished works are protected for 120 years from the date of their creation.
US copyright law has changed many times over the years. The length of a copyright term depends on what laws were in force at the time of creation of the work. The Digital Copyright Slider can help you determine if a work is still protected by copyright.
Contact Christin Wixson, Scholarly Communication Librarian if you have questions about