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Copyright Information regarding Oshkosh Scholar.

What is copyright?

Copyright is the right granted by law to an author or other creator to control use of the work created. The copyright law grants authors, creators and publishers the sole right to do or allow others to do each of the following acts with regard to their copyrighted works: to reproduce all or part of the work; to distribute copies; to prepare new (derivative) versions based on the original work; and to perform and display the work publicly.

Copyright Q&A

How do I find out who owns the copyright for a particular work? (In cases where an Oshkosh Scholar submission contains copyrighted materials, such as a musical score.)

You should consult the location on the work or packaging containing the copyright notice as well as any acknowledgments. If you have a photocopy or other reproduction that does not contain a notice of copyright or acknowledgments, consult an original copy of the work. Most works contain a copyright notice. Because copyright ownership can be transferred after publication, your copy may not identify the current copyright owner. Consult the publisher of the work that you wish to copy as a first step. The publisher may be able to refer you to the current owner. For unpublished works, permission to copy should be obtained from the author. The absence of a copyright notice does not mean that the work in question may be freely copied. Works published after March 1, 1989, are not required to carry a copyrighted notice in order to be protected under the law. For more information, go to

What should I do if I want to use materials that contain a photograph or illustration with a copyright owner different from that of the book itself?

Many times photographs or illustrations are covered by copyrights owned by a different party from the copyright owner of the materials in which they are published. The author or publisher of that material has received permission from the photographer or illustrator to include it in the work but may or may not have the right to grant permission to others to reproduce the photograph or illustration. In some cases, licensing organizations act for the photographer or illustrator. You may need to make a separate request for permission to copy the photograph or illustration.

What if I request permission and I don’t get a response?

If you don’t receive a response to your request for permission, you cannot assume that you have been granted the necessary permission.

I am concerned that if my student’s work is published in Oshkosh Scholar that she then cannot publish the same article in a professional journal because submissions cannot be previously published.

The faculty mentor needs to determine if the professional journal in question has such a restriction. (Note that some academic journals allow a campus-based student journal to publish an article even if it is being considered for publication in a professional journal.) Then the mentor and student author will have to determine where to send the manuscript.

Along with an article, my student would like to submit a CD of his musical performance and possibly include reproductions of the measures (sections of the musical piece). Is this OK?

Copyright issues will depend upon the copyright status of the piece of music that the student plans to perform (or reproduce). Unfortunately, if royalties must be paid, we do not have a budget to cover royalties. The faculty mentor will have to determine the copyright status of the musical piece and provide that information to Oshkosh Scholar.

I noticed that Oshkosh Scholar’s copyright page gives the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents copyright. There also is the statement, “No part of this journal may be reproduced in any form without the permission of University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.” What does this mean?

The university is asserting copyright ownership of Oshkosh Scholar as a compilation of individual articles (but the student author retains the copyright for his or her article). Everything that UW Oshkosh publishes is copyrighted to the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents. However, we can easily grant permission for our publication content to be reprinted elsewhere.

Oshkosh Scholar is now searchable on the Internet through the search engine Google. Or it can be accessed directly from MINDS@UW or on the Polk Library home page. How does this impact my copyright?

Having Oshkosh Scholar on the Internet allows students to share their work while keeping their copyright. Other people can copy and distribute Oshkosh Scholar articles for noncommercial purposes, provided they give the author credit (see Creative Commons licenses at

Note: This material has been reprinted in part from Questions and Answers on Copyright for the Campus Community, Copyright ©2003, Association of American Publishers, National Association of College Stores, and the Software & Information Industry Association.


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