What is copyright?
According to the U.S. Copyright Office, copyright is: "a form of protection grounded in the U.S. Constitution and granted by law for original works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression. Copyright covers both published and unpublished works."
This right is derived from the Copyright Clause of the Constitution, which empowers Congress:
To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts,
by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors
the exclusive Right to their respective
Writings and Discoveries
How long does copyright last?
The United States has had several copyright codes in its history, so depending on when a work was created, it may or may not be protected by copyright. Check out the American Library Association's Digital Copyright Slider to see if what you want to use is in the public domain or covered by copyright.
The following are recommended resources for Old Westbury faculty who want to know how their work is protected via copyright.
SUNY faculty copyright ownership Frequently Asked Questions
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