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Copyright Resources

A primer on copyright and fair use.

Copyright and your Thesis or Dissertation

FSU Libraries' Copyright FAQ includes a wealth of helpful information about copyright concerns related to theses and dissertations.

Fair Use of Copyrighted Materials

U.S. copyright law allows for some use of copyrighted materials for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research.  This is called the Fair Use exemption.  The following tutorial provides guidelines to use in determining if use of a copyrighted work is considered fair use.

Fair Use of Copyrighted Materials (University of Texas)

What Does Copyright Protect?

Copyright protection applies to:any "original work of authorship" that is "fixed in any tangible medium of expression."  Protection automatically extends to any qualifying work, whether published or not, and whether created in the U.S. or in almost any country.

Copyright protects:

  • books
  • articles
  • photographs
  • paintings
  • sculpture
  • software
  • Web sites
  • architecture
  • pantomimes
  • ballets
  • music
  • sound recordings

Copyright protection does not apply to:

  • facts
  • slogans
  • titles
  • simple phrases
  • works of the U.S. government

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