Copyright Basics

The laws of the United States (title 17, U.S. Code) protect the authors or creators of original works of authorship through the legal concept of copyright. These original works include literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, scientific, and certain other intellectual works. UT Health Science Center at San Antonio expects all members of its community to comply with U.S. copyright laws, and refers all users of its technological and information resources to the description of copyright law included in the Use of Copyrighted Materials in the UTHSCSA Handbook of Operating Procedures, Chapter 2.3.2.

Copyright can be a complex concept with many nuances. Authoritative websites have been developed to help provide guidance to those individuals needing to understand copyright either as the creator of a work or as the potential user of a work covered by copyright protection. For more detailed information concerning U. S. copyright law, users may consult the websites listed below.