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Murray State's Digital Commons: Authors' Rights

Authors' Rights

Authors' rights...

  • Are automatically granted

  • Allow the author to:

 *Reproduce works     *Distribute works     *Prepare derivative works     *Publicly perform or display work

*License any of the above



As defined by United States Code, Title 17 § 102, copyright is granted as soon as something is "...fixed in any tangible medium of expression..."

Image in the public domain.


Public Domain and Fair Use are the only two exceptions to copyright limitations. 

Contact Ashley Ireland, 270-809-4818 or if you have questions about fair use or to determine if a work is in the public domain.


Possible language for an addendum to the author's agreement:

"Notwithstanding the above language, I reserve the right to use this work in my teaching and research, to allow my colleagues at Murray State University to use this work in their teaching and research, and to place an electronic copy of this work on a publicly accessible web site."


Creative Commons

Authors and creators can use Creative Commons licenses to grant copyright permissions. Click on the links below to find more information about Creative Commons and the licenses available.