Copyright consultation services are designed to assist faculty, staff and students with obtaining information regarding rights as authors and researchers. Questions beyond the scope of the consultation services should be directed to Office of Legal Affairs. F.D. Bluford Library cannot offer legal advice.
According to the United States Copyright Office, copyright is defined as a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States for "original works of authorship", including literary, dramatic, musical, architectural, cartographic, choreographic, pantomimic, pictorial, graphic, sculptural, and audiovisual creations. "Copyright" literally means the right to copy but has come to mean that body of exclusive rights granted by law to copyright owners for protection of their work. Copyright protection does not extend to any idea, procedure, process, system, title, principle, or discovery. Similarly, names, titles, short phrases, slogans, familiar symbols, mere variations of typographic ornamentation, lettering, coloring, and listings of contents or ingredients are not subject to copyright.
To assist faculty, staff, and students with understanding copyright as it relates to teaching and research, F.D. Bluford Library provides the following consultations: