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Manage Your Copyrights

The Intellectual Property Policy of Carnegie Mellon University explains who owns the intellectual property created by faculty, students, and staff in their relationship with Carnegie Mellon.  Carnegie Mellon University expects faculty, students, and staff who own the copyright to work produced at the university to:

  • Understand what U.S. copyright law protects.
  • Understand their exclusive rights under the law, and the legal exceptions and limitations on their exclusive rights. 
  • Manage their copyrights effectively, preferably by making their work available open access under an open license, such as a Creative Commons license.

Effective copyright management provides, within the parameters of the law, the broadest possible access and the fewest restrictions on use that serve the author’s interests and Carnegie Mellon’s mission to disseminate knowledge and obligation to comply with federal public access mandates

The University Libraries maintains resources on Managing your own copyrighted work, including Guidelines on Author Rights and Preservation [pdf].  The Guidelines recommend strategies for effective copyright management.

The Libraries also host the Scholar’s Copyright Addendum Generator, an online tool developed by Science Commons and the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC).  The Addendum Generator creates a PDF form you can attach to a publisher's copyright agreement to ensure you retain certain rights, for example, the rights needed to comply with a public access mandate.  Several addenda are available, each of which retains for you the non-exclusive rights to create derivatives of your original work and to reproduce, distribute, and publicly perform and display your work in your teaching, presentations, and other professional activities.  The addenda differ with respect to how soon you can make the final peer-reviewed version of your work publicly available (open access) and whether you can authorize others to re-use your work in various ways.