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Thursday, May 10, 2007

Copyright guide for ETDs

Damien O’Brien and Anne Fitzgerald, Copyright Guide for Research Students: What you need to know about copyright before depositing your electronic thesis in an online repository, Open Access to Knowledge (OAK) Law Project, May 2007.  From the OAK law front page:

This guide is designed to assist research students in managing copyright issues which they may encounter in writing and depositing their electronic thesis in an online repository. The guide provides a broad overview of copyright law and importantly addresses critical issues relating to the inclusion of third party copyright material in a students thesis. The guide aims to simplify these issues through the inclusion of two model third party copyright permission requests, which students can use to obtain permission from the copyright owner before including third party material.

The first half is a general primer on copyright unrelated to theses, repositories, or OA, and a useful section at the end introduces students to CC licenses.