COD Library Copyright Guide: Quick Copyright for Students
Publishing and author's rights
You are a copyright owner. If you have taken a photograph, written an essay or email you have created a work that is protected by copyright - a right that is automatic and does not require any further actions from you.
Copyright grants you exclusive rights over all of your original works (literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and other intellectual works) whether published or unpublished. Before you sign a publication contract, however, you should be aware of which rights, if any, you might be relinquishing. Review your contract to ensure that you can share your work with colleagues and students, post your work online, or publish in the Digital Commons.
download anything when you know doing so is illegal
circumvent any DRM (Digital Rights Management) technologies
make copyrighted material available to others for downloading
use peer-to-peer file sharing applications to distribute or provide access to copyrighted material
The information on this site is intended to inform the faculty, staff, and students at the College of DuPage about copyright and to provide guidelines for using and creating copyrighted material. The information should not be considered legal advice.