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Introduction to Copyright

Copyright is a form of legal protection granted by U.S. law (Title 17, U.S. Code) which protects the copyright holder's exclusive right to copy, distribute, publicly perform, publicly display, and make derivatives of original works.

The details contained in this guide are provided as guidance and information as one investigates thier copyright or intellectual property needs, and does not serve as legal advice. 

Members of the Carnegie Mellon community are expected to obey the Copyright Law of the United States.  Managing your copyrights effectively and using other people's copyrighted work in compliance with the law are important to your success and advancement and to achieving the mission of the university.  The University Libraries’ website assembles resources and tools to help you understand and comply with the law.

Copyright Resources and Policies at CMU

Intellectual Property Policy
Describes who owns what intellectual property created at Carnegie Mellon University.

Fair Use Policy
Describes legal limitations and exceptions to the copyright owner’s exclusive rights, most notably fair use. The Appendix provides guidance on conducting a fair use analysis to determine if a proposed use qualifies as a fair use.

Computing Policy
Campus affiliates should be aware that a Computing Policy and numerous guidelines govern the use of computing resources on campus.

File Sharing and Digital Copyright
Information from the Information Security Office (ISO) about Peer-to-Peer (P2P) file sharing, digital copyrights, and takedown notices.

Digital Copyright and DMCA Takedown Notices
Information from the Information Security Office (ISO) specifically addressing DMCA takedown notices.

Copyright Violation Guidelines
Guidelines that apply to all campus affiliates. This includes students, faculty and staff members as well as guest account holders.

CMU Center for Technology Transfer and Enterprise Creation
CTTEC assists researchers with moving their ideas from the university to the marketplace

CMU Office of Research Integrity and Compliance
The Office of Research Integrity and Compliance offers a number of helpful resources on research ethics and responsible conduct of research. This is also the home of the CMU Institutional Review Board

CMU Office of Sponsored Programs
The Office of Sponsored Programs negotiates intellectual property provisions in sponsored awards made to CMU