Information for Researchers
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.
The Rutgers University Website on Copyright for Faculty, Students, and Staff
The Rutgers University Website on Copyright for Faculty, Students, and Staff provides guidance on Rutgers policy and practice for using copyrighted works in academic research and publication, teaching, and other educational activity.
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.
Visit the website at http://www.libraries.rutgers.edu/copyright.
Copyright issues in academic research and publication, teaching, and other educational activity
Copyright and licensing issues arise in many areas of research, scholarship, and teaching, including:
- Theses and dissertations
- Scholarly publications
- Traditional publishing and open access
- Instructional materials for the classroom and for online courses
- Student projects
- 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 do I know who holds the copyright in a work?
- How do I know if a work is in the public domain?
- How may I use copyrighted text and images in my dissertation?
- Is it a fair use to include previously published images in my scholarly article or book?
- How does fair use apply to use of copyrighted works in classroom and online teaching?
- How do I obtain permissions from rightsholders? Do I need to?
- How should I handle international works in research and publication?
- How can I retain my copyright when signing a publication agreement?
- What are the open access options for publishing dissertations, scholarly articles, and books?
- May I stream audiovisual works in a university course management system?
- May I use and cite photographs taken from Google Images in my project?
- May an instructor require students to place their coursework or theses on open access platforms for public display?