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Copyright at Georgetown University

A main goal of Georgetown University, as a student-centered research institution, is the discovery, production, and dissemination of knowledge. The copyright policies of the University are intended to further that goal by providing appropriate incentives to faculty and members of the academic staff for the production of new knowledge.

(Faculty Handbook, Intellectual Property, section 8A)


These pages offer the Georgetown community information to help faculty, staff, and students make informed decisions about rights and responsibilities when creating and using copyrighted materials.

Georgetown University Links:

Copyright Basics

Fair Use

Public Domain

Creative Commons

Requesting Permission

Copyright and Multimedia

Teaching and Copyright

Copyright Policies for Course Reserves

Copyright Procedures for Use of Instructional Material in Online Courses

Responsible Use of Electronic Resources

Manage Your Rights

Registering a Copyright

Open Access Initiatives

Electronic Theses and Dissertations


For More Information:

Copyright Basics (a publication of the U.S. Copyright Office)

Copyright Information and Resources (University of Minnesota Libraries)

Copyright Advisory Office (Columbia University Libraries)

Know Your Copyrights - What You Can Do (Association of Research Libraries)

Fair Use (Stanford University Libraries, NOLO)

Fair Use (Center for Media & Social Impact)

Author Rights (SPARC - Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition)

Your Research, Your Dissertation or Thesis, Your Rights (ProQuest)


If you have any questions about creating or using copyrighted material at Georgetown, please contact Meg Oakley, Interim Director, Copyright & Digital Rights Management, at meg.oakley@georgetown.edu.