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.

The material on this site is intended for information purposes and should not be interpreted as legal advice.

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.

Rutgers University Libraries’ Copyright pages were originally developed by Janice Pilch.