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Copyright Basics: Overview

The following guide provides answers to common copyright questions.

Copyright Guide

copyright symbolWelcome to the University of Michigan's Guide to Copyright.

Copyright law is complicated, and for good or for ill, increasingly important in scholarship and academia.  The following guide seeks to provide answers to frequently asked questions, help authors learn effectively to use and enforce their rights, and to demystify copyright law as much as possible.

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Copyright Questions?

The U-M Copyright Office provides help with copyright questions for U-M faculty, staff and students. Please contact us at

Kristina Eden

Kristina Eden

Melissa Levine

Melissa Levine

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