The United States government states “Copyright is a form of protection grounded in the U.S. Constitution and granted by law for original works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression. Copyright covers both published and unpublished works.” Source: Copyright in General by www.copyright.gov.
Copyright law resources:
- The full text of the Copyright Law of the United States
- Copyright in General by www.copyright.gov
- Frequently Asked Questions About Copyright by www.copyright.gov
- As an example of how one institution helps its faculty interpret copyright law, see the faculty guide for posting materials online by Columbia University Libraries/Information Services