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Copyright Law

About Copyright

Copyright law protects creative works. Examples of types of works protected by copyright law include books, journal articles, websites, blogs, photographs, films, videos, audio & visual recordings, and software programs. Within copyright you have five rights: the right to reproduce copies, make derivative works, distribute copies, and perform or display the work publicly.

​​​Copyright affects your research, teaching, and learning. This guide explores the basics of copyright, what to understand about copyright in regards to the resources you teach with or what to use in your publications, and what your rights are as an author.

Copyright is complicated! But at UW Libraries, we're here to help. If you have specific copyright questions or want to schedule a copyright consultation, please email Chad Hutchens at Consultations are available in person and online.