Laws, Policies, and Guidelines
This page collects the key sources of law and policy that govern your creation and use of in-copyright works at the University.
Complete text of Title 17 – the current US copyright law.
University Policies and Guidelines
Describes ownership of content on “Virginia.edu” domains, and standards for posting and removing materials from UVA websites.
UVA’s copyright ownership policy governs “work for hire” created by university employees, including “scholarly and academic works produced by academic and research faculty.” The policy cedes copyright ownership in scholarly and academic works to their authors in most cases, but reserves a non-exclusive license to make non-profit use of such works.
An overview of the Faculty Senate’s Open Access Guidelines, with links to relevant repositories and FAQs.
A Quick Guide from the Office of the Vice President and Provost to help UVA teachers interested in adopting Open Educational Resources (OER) for use in their courses. OERs use open copyright licenses to make resources more affordable, customizable, and accessible for faculty and students.
Updated annually, these collections of university regulations for students contain university policy on a variety of copyright-related topics, including: Adherence to Copyright Protections, Recording of Classroom Lectures and Distribution of Course Materials by Students, Students’ Rights and Responsibilities (including rights of free expression and association), Student Intellectual Property, Use of University Information Technology Resources, Use of the University Libraries, and Use of the University’s Federally Registered Trademark. Links here to specific elements of the Record may point to archived versions of previous years’ record. Check the heading of the page to ensure you are looking at the most current version of policy, which can be selected from a drop down menu on the Record homepage.
Library Policies and Guidelines
A bullet-point overview of the key copyright rules and concepts that govern using, making, and publishing scholarly work.
Policies and guidance on publishing material found in the Albert & Shirley Small Special Collections Library at UVA.
Guidelines for use of materials from the archive of WSLS videos.
Complete description of material eligible for deposit into the UVA institutional repository, Libra.
UVA Library guidelines for faculty who wish to use library materials in course reserves.
U.Va. General Counsel Memorandum on copyright responsibilities of web publishers and website owners. (09/25/2009)
UVA Information Security (InfoSec) Office Policies and Procedures
A central repository for all UVA information technology (IT) resource policies, standards, and procedures.
States the University’s commitment to lawful use of software and digital materials.
Describes the University’s procedures for responding to allegations of copyright infringement.