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Copyright for Dissertations

A guide to copyright and permissions questions associated with dissertations for University of Michigan students.

Copyright Questions?

The University of Michigan Library Copyright Office provides help with copyright questions for University of Michigan faculty, staff and students. Please email us with questions or visit our website for more information.

Legal Advice

The information presented here is intended for informational purposes and should not be construed as legal advice. If you have specific legal questions pertaining to the University of Michigan, please contact the Office of the General Counsel.

If you require legal advice in your personal capacity, the lawyer referral services operated by the Washtenaw County Bar Association and the State Bar of Michigan may be helpful to you.

Copyright for U-M Dissertation Authors

Purpose of this dissertation guide

This guide addresses copyright questions specific to U-M dissertation authors. The information given here can also relate to academic publishing, however commercial aspects of publishing may alter your need to obtain a license or permission for using copyrighted contents. Please refer to the Copyright Basics guide for essential information about copyright.

Dissertation and copyright workshop

The U-M Copyright Office offers a free "Copyright and Your Dissertation" workshop once per Fall and Winter term at Hatcher Library. Register for this workshop through the Teaching and Technology Collaborative (TTC). Individual departments may arrange for this workshop to be given locally for their students upon special request. Please contact the U-M Copyright Office at to arrange a local event in your department.

U-M copyright consultation

University of Michigan doctoral students, faculty, and staff are invited to schedule a personal copyright consultation at any point in the dissertation process by contacting the U-M Copyright Office at