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Copyright & Plagiarism at the University: Copyright

Copyright and plagiarism issues at the university level

Fair Use

What is Copyright?


noun /ˈkäpēˌrīt/
copyrights, plural

The exclusive legal right, given to an originator or an assignee to print, publish, perform, film, or record literary, artistic, or musical material, and to authorize others to do the same.

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University of Utah Definition of Copyright

Copyright is the legal right of the owner of an intellectual or creative work to control the copying, modification, distribution and display of that work. Copyright protects the expression of ideas fixed in a tangible medium, but not the ideas that the expression embodies. For a basic understanding of the law of copyright, you may wish to consult the following resources:

Melville B. Nimmer & David Nimmer, Nimmer on Copyright

Policy 7-003: Ownership of Copyrightable Works and Related Works

Copyright on Campus

Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson

Why Thomas Jefferson Would Love Napster

"Thomas Jefferson, himself an author and inventor, was suspicious of the information monopolies copyright laws could create. He feared monopolists could use their state-granted poweto strengthen their control over the flowof ideas."
-Siva Vaidhyanathan Why Thomas Jefferson Would Love Napster from

Copyright: Forever Less One Day

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