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Guide to copyright basics and guidelines at Bluffton University

What is Copyright?

Article I, Section 8 of the United States Constitution states that:

Congress shall have power...To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries.

From the United States Copyright Office:

Copyright is a type of intellectual property that protects original works of authorship as soon as an author fixes the work in a tangible form of expression. In copyright law, there are a lot of different types of works, including paintings, photographs, illustrations, musical compositions, sound recordings, computer programs, books, poems, blog posts, movies, architectural works, plays, and so much more!

How does copyright connect to higher education and to our work at Bluffton University?  Use this guide to learn more.


This guide was modified from a similar guide created by Otterbein University, which was based in part on the following: