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Responsible Conduct of Research and Scholarship (RCRS)

Ethics resources for individuals at the UM College of Engineering, including how to keep a lab notebook; publishing resources for authors; how to locate and cite sources, and resources for avoiding plagiarism and complying with copyright laws.

What is copyright?

Copyright is a set of legal rights that an author has over his or her work for a limited period of time. Copyright covers everything from using images or sound files from the Web to photocopying.

Most information is protected by copyright. The exception is work that is in the "public domain, " which can be reproduced or used by anyone. However, you still must credit the author.

from "Bound by Law" by Keith Aoki, James Boyle, and Jennifer Jenkins of the Duke Center for the Study of the Public Domain. (This book is available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.)

Copyright Resources

If you want to learn more about copyright, check out these online resources.