The copyright laws of the United States are quite complex. As
such, the information contained in this section should only be
considered as a very general guide — more detailed information
must be obtained from other sources.
At some universities registering copyright
and microfilming your thesis/dissertation might be optional.
Keep in mind that whether or not you copyright your thesis or dissertation,
you retain the right to publish all or any part of it by any means
at any time, unless you signed an agreement to the contrary.
- As a doctoral candidate, you can authorize ProQuest (formerly
known as University Microfilms International Dissertation Publishing)
to act as your agent with the Library of Congress Copyright Office
to reproduce and distribute the dissertation using digital, paper,
microfilm and microfiche formats. ProQuest (UMI) will prepare
an application in your name, submit your application fee, and
deposit the required copy or copies of the manuscript for a small
fee (approximately $45).
- You may register the copyright yourself at http://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ1.html#cr;
the fee in 2006 is $30.00. In order to have full protection
against infringement, this should be done as soon as possible
after the completion of your document. Consult the Library
of Congress website for further information and forms can be
obtained from the Registrar of Copyrights, Library of Congress,
Washington D.C. 20559.
- You may choose to copyright your thesis or dissertation
by adding the copyright notice to your document and
submitting a copy to the Registrar of Copyrights, but not officially
registering it. (Federal copyright law requires that
copies of all works published with notices of copyright be
deposited with the Library of Congress, even if the copyright
is not registered). However, to protect your rights in a copyright
dispute and to be compensated for damages caused by infringement,
your copyright must be registered.
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