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Copyright Information

The University of Central Missouri adheres to all applicable Copyright Laws outlined in Title 17 of the United States Code. This guide outlines applicable copyright laws as they apply to Fair Use and the TEACH Act.

UCM Board of Governors Intellectual Property Rights Policy

Intellectual Property and Copyright

Often the term "intellectual property" is used interchangeably with that of "copyright." However, these two terms are not the same and indeed refer to two very different concepts. To illustrate this it is helpful to think of an umbrella. In this metaphor, intellectual property is the overarching term for the assets/products created by the mind that are often classified as intangible property and covers the expression of the idea. Intellectual property can include any of the following: 

  • Trademarks
  • Patents
  • Industrial designs
  • Copyright













Copyright, then, falls under the realm of intellectual property and focuses specifically on the right to copy. In this sense, copyright can include a variety of formats such as written, photographed, drawn, painted, or otherwise produced as an audible, written, or visual piece of intellectual property.

Information on intellectual property at UCM can be found in the UCM Board of Governors Intellectual Property Rights Policy.

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