Information for Researchers
Rutgers University Libraries is here to help! Services currently offered and in progress include:
- A campuswide copyright education program including workshops on copyright basics, copyright and licensing issues in research, teaching, and publication, current trends and legal challenges, and copyright issues specific to scholarly disciplines.
- A copyright website (in progress) to cover a wide range of topics on intellectual property and to include an FAQ and a Q&A forum. The website will include practical advice on many issues frequently encountered by faculty, students, staff, and librarians.
- Individual copyright queries and consultations for Rutgers faculty, students, staff, and departments.
- Support to project managers and strategic collaborators in the digitization initiatives undertaken at Rutgers University Libraries to enhance access to library collections digitally. This entails a legal assessment on each project proposal.
- Support for Rutgers initiatives involving open access to scholarly publications and on open data deposit and other evolving scholarly communication issues.
Please contact the copyright and licensing librarian with copyright-related questions and to request educational workshops and consultations:
Janice T. Pilch, Copyright and Licensing Librarian, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rutgers University is dedicated to the creation, preservation, and dissemination of knowledge and ideas through research, teaching, and service. Through its copyright policy, Rutgers seeks to create an environment in which its members will realize this worthy purpose.
Understanding how to use copyrighted works in research, scholarship, and teaching and how to manage one’s own copyrighted works is a fundamental part of university activity. Knowledge of copyright and other intellectual property issues allows us to make socially beneficial and innovative uses of digital technology and is key to advancing global digital scholarship, online education, and information sharing. Rutgers University Libraries provides support to faculty, students, and staff in achieving these goals.
Copyright policy and practice at Rutgers
The objectives of the Rutgers University copyright policy are to:
- Preserve and protect academic values that foster the open and free exchange of ideas and the traditional practices and privileges with respect to the dissemination of scholarly works;
- Assure that the university’s involvement in the creation of scholarly and instructional works is used to promote the broadest public good;
- Promote and support the use of information technology in the instructional, research, and service missions of the university for the advancement of learning;
- Encourage members of the university community to be responsible users of copyrighted works and to take full advantage of fair use rights in their research, teaching, and service activities.
Copyright issues in research, scholarship, and teaching
Copyright and licensing issues arise in many areas of research, scholarship, and teaching, including:
- Student projects, theses, and dissertations
- Scholarly publications
- Instructional materials for the classroom and for online courses
- Showing and streaming films on campus
- Local oral history initiatives
- Websites and social media sites
- Digitization initiatives
- Archiving of scholarly publications and data in the Rutgers Community Repository, RUcore.
Common copyright questions
Faculty, staff, and students often have questions such as:
- How may I use copyrighted text or images in my dissertation?
- How can I retain my copyright when signing a publication contract?
- What are the open access options for publishing dissertations, scholarly articles, and books?
- Is it a fair use to include previously published charts and graphs in my scholarly article?
- May I use and cite photographs taken from Google Images in my project?
- How does fair use apply to use of copyrighted works in classroom and online teaching?
- May I stream audio works or audiovisual works in the university course management system?
- How do I obtain permissions from rightholders? Do I need to?
- Who holds the copyright in a documentary film?
- How do I know if a work is in the public domain?
- How should I handle international works in research and publication?