Copyright, Microfilming and Publication:
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.
Wendy Y. Carter, Ph.D.
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