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Copyright Basics

Resources for copyright


The purpose of this guide is to assist the UND community with copyright information.

In this guide, you will find: 

  • General Information
    • Copyright
    • Registering for Copyright 
    • Fair Use 
    • Public Domain
    • TEACH Act
    • Differences between Copyrighted works, Patents, and Trademarks. 
    • Additional resources including websites, videos, and books 
  • Ethical Considerations in Teaching
    • Best practices
    • Utilizing course reserves and OERs 
    • Information for students scanning materials and using interlibrary loan 
  • Information for Authors 
    • Author Rights information ​​
    • Scholarly Sharing 
    • Finding Publishers' Policies on Copyright
    • Creative Commons (CC) License 

Please note this guide should not be used for legal advice. Contact information can be found below for UND legal counsel. UND's copyright policy can be found here.

This guide does not cover plagiarism; please see the Ethical Use of Sources and Writing guide for information on plagiarism. 


Legal Counsel for UND

Specific questions about legal interpretations should be directed to the UND’s Office of General Counsel at 701.777.6345. 

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