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At A Glance

HVCC Copyright Compliance

Who Owns the Copyright?

  • The creator of a new work is the copyright owner.
  • Two or more authors working together may be joint copyright owners.
  • The copyright owner of a work made for hire is the employer.
  • Copyrights may be transferred by means of a written instrument signed by the copyright owner.
  • Institutional policies are important for clarifying or sharing rights to new works, but these policies must adhere to legal requirements.

Copyrightable Materials Can Include:

  • Literary works (can range from novels to computer programs)
  • Musical works and accompanying words
  • Dramatic works and accompanying music
  • Pantomines and choreographs
  • Pictorial, graphic & sculptural works
  • Motion pictures and other audiovisual works
  • Sound recordings
  • Architectural works

Works Without Copyright Protection

  • Ideas and facts
  • Works of the U.S. government (works created by state or local gov't. may be protected.)
  • Once a copyright has expired, the work is no longer protected by copyright law and enters the public domain.