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A guide to understanding and managing your work as intellectual property.

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If you don't find the answers you're looking for here, feel free to email  April Hathcock, Scholarly Communication Librarian, for help or to schedule a consultation.

Please get in touch to arrange for a presentation for your department, class, or program on any copyright issues that affect you. 

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NYU Libraries supports the university's research, teaching, and service mission by providing guidance for faculty, students, and staff on how copyright relates to the creation, use, and sharing of knowledge.


April Hathcock, Scholarly Communications Librarian,



Copyright for Authors & Creators

If you are the author of an original, creative work,

such as an article, a photograph, a website, or a novel . . .

then, you are a copyright owner.


What does this mean?


 Image Credit: Jean-Bernard Restout, Le Poète inspiré (MBA Dijon)

Your Rights as an Author

It means that, under the law, you have rights to control:

  • where your work is published,
  • who has access, and
  • whether and how it can be re-used.

For more on the rights of authors under copyright law, see Author Rights.

Effectively managing your rights as a copyright owner can help you to maximize the impact of your research and scholarship.


What Is Covered?

Keep in mind that copyright only covers "original works of authorship." Ideas and facts are not covered by copyright law unless or until you express them in an original way.

For more on copyright coverage, see Copyright Basics.

Scholarly Communications Librarian


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 NYU, please contact the Office of General Counsel.