What does copyright cover? (More info)
How do I know if something is under copyright?
Do I need to seek permission?
Are you planning to include an article--or a figure--that you've published in a journal as part of your dissertation?
Be sure you review the author agreement you signed with the journal publisher to determine if you have the right to do so. Publishers typically acquire copyright, unless you published in an open access journal.
You retain copyright of your thesis or dissertation. The copyright law of the United States protects your rights in your work automatically, from the moment it is fixed in tangible form (including storage as an electronic file). Your copyright is valid for your lifetime plus 70 years, and the rights remain yours, unless and until you transfer them to another.
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