Welcome to the Rutgers University website on copyright. This site provides guidance to faculty, students, and staff on Rutgers policy and practice for using copyrighted works in academic research and publication, teaching, and other educational activity. It also offers guidance on copyright law as it applies to works that we create as authors, artists, scholars, teachers, and students.
In the digital environment, it is also important to know when a license applies to works we wish to use. For many types of digital works, a license governs the terms and conditions under which we can make use of a work. Licenses are governed by contract law. It’s important to understand the difference between works governed directly by copyright law and those governed by licenses.
In today’s information environment, everyone needs a basic understanding of how copyright law and licensing work. Copyright underlies our daily activity at the university.
These guidelines, like the law itself, evolve and are subject to change. Please refer to this website for ongoing updates as copyright law, and interpretations of the law, evolve in the digital environment.
- Rutgers University Copyright Policy
- Copyright Basics
- Contract and Licensing Basics
- Copyright in Teaching
- Copyright in Academic Research and Publication
- Copyright for Students
- Related Rutgers University Policies
- Frequently Asked Questions on Copyright
The material on this site is intended for information purposes and should not be interpreted as legal advice. For specific questions, please contact the Rutgers University Copyright and Licensing Librarian:
Janice T. Pilch, Copyright and Licensing Librarian
Rutgers University Libraries
Archibald S. Alexander Library
169 College Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Tel. (848) 932-7505
If you believe your copyright has been infringed on a web site hosted by Rutgers University, please contact the Rutgers Designated Agent for compliance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.