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Copyright & Plagiarism: Copyright

Key Resources

The purpose of this guide is to provide resources for the topic of copyright and related issues.  On this page, find out more about copyright through websites and videos. 

Copyright Presentations

What is copyright?

Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code) to authors. The owner of copyright has the exclusive right to do and authorize the following:

  • To reproduce the work;
  • To prepare derivative works based upon the work;
  • To distribute copies of the work to the public by sale or transfer of ownership, or by rental, lease, or lending;
  • To prohibit other persons from using the work without permission;
  • To perform the work publicly.

Copyright protection covers both published and unpublished works as well as out-of-print materials. 

Facts, ideas, procedures, processes, systems, concepts, principles or discoveries cannot be copyrighted.  However, some of these can be protected by patent or trade secret laws.

Copyright protection currently lasts for the life of the author plus 70 years.  If there is more than one author copyright protection lasts for the life of the last author's death plus 70 years. 

Additional Resources:

The guide does not supply legal advice nor is it intended to replace the advice of legal counsel. 

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Disclaimer

This guide does not supply legal advice, nor is it intended to replace the advice of legal counsel. 

Palmer College of Chiropractic is not responsible for the content of the external websites contained in this research guide.  The views and opinions of the authors expressed in these external websites do not necessarily state or reflect those of Palmer College of Chiropractic.