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Your letter must also seek written permission for the document to be submitted in electronic format to UNC-Chapel Hill where it will be placed in a database and made available through the University Library to the general public at no charge via the Internet. You are responsible for securing all necessary permissions and paying any permission fees in advance of using copyrighted materials in your work.

Some academic programs permit you to include articles or other materials that you have previously published, that have been accepted or submitted, in press, or under review for publication, or that have been otherwise presented to the public within the body of your thesis or dissertation.

In all such instances the following guidelines apply:. Print complete guide Introduction I. Copyrighting A copyright is an intangible right granted to the author or originator of certain literary or artistic productions, under which he or she is invested for a limited period with the sole, exclusive privilege of making copies and publishing and selling them.

Registering Copyright You may wish to register your copyright with the U. There are two main ways for you to file for copyright of your thesis or dissertation: You may empower ProQuest to file the application on your behalf. The service includes preparing an application in your name, submitting your application fee, depositing the required copy or copies of the manuscript, and mailing you the completed certificate of registration from the Library of Congress.

Alternately, you may file for copyright directly. Visit the following U. Copyright website for more information about registering your work. There is a copyright fee for filing copyright directly with the U. Using Copyrighted Materials Any copyrighted materials used in your work, beyond brief excerpts, may be used only with the written permission of the copyright owner.

Use of Your Own Previously Published Material Some academic programs permit you to include articles or other materials that you have previously published, that have been accepted or submitted, in press, or under review for publication, or that have been otherwise presented to the public within the body of your thesis or dissertation.

In all such instances the following guidelines apply: If the material is co-authored, your academic program must approve its inclusion in your thesis or dissertation. If the material is copyrighted if you are the sole author but the copyright is held by the publisher , you must fulfill the conditions specified in the section above on using copyrighted materials. The material, if included in the body of your text, must conform to all formatting guidelines outlined in this Guide.

See the Formatting Previously Published Work section for details. Should I Copyright My Dissertation? Your dissertation and any other creative work is already automatically copyright in your name as soon as it assumes "fixed form," i.

It's publication or deposit in ProQuest's dissertations database or in the UNL DigitalCommons provides an independently verified date of record. So— No, you do not need to copyright your dissertation; that happens already automatically.

ProQuest asks if my dissertation is already or previously copyrighted. What does that mean? Do I answer yes or no? Sometimes, on rare occasions, a graduate degree is awarded based on a document that has already been published and copyrighted before it is deposited as an official dissertation.

If that is the case, answer "yes. ProQuest asks if I wish for them to register the copyright in my dissertation; what does that mean? Copyrights can be but are not required to be "registered" with the U.

This used to be required to get the protection of copyright for the full term, but that is no longer the case. Copyright belongs to the author automatically for the full year term currently whether it is registered or not.

What is the point of registering?


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Regardless of whether or not you register copyright for your thesis or dissertation, UNC-Chapel Hill requires that you include a copyright notice following the title page. See Section I of this Guide and the sample copyright page for the format of this notice.

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Thus, copyright vests with the author of a dissertation or thesis immediately upon creation of the work, and no notice of copyright or formal registration is necessary. Students are directed to the article entitled New Media, New rights, and Your New Dissertation, .

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Your dissertation (and any other creative work) is already automatically copyright in your name as soon as it assumes "fixed form," i.e., as soon as it is written. It's publication (or deposit) in ProQuest's dissertations database or in the UNL DigitalCommons provides an independently verified date of record. copyright as applied to dissertations. Many of the most important points will be examined in greater detail with supporting references in Part IV of this manual.

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Your thesis or dissertation will be published by the University of Pittsburgh, ProQuest (formerly UMI/Bell & Howell), or both. Since it is a published work, permission must be obtained from the copyright holder(s) when using copyrighted material. While the Library cannot provide legal advice, if you are a UC Berkeley graduate student, we'd be delighted to consult with you as you consider copyright issues further in drafting your dissertation. To schedule a consultation, please e-mail the Scholarly Communication Officer, Rachael Samberg, at [email protected]