Many institutions are undertaking retrospective digitizing of theses and dissertations. Some general information as well as varying institution specific requirements can be found on the following sites (more coming soon!):
The following are articles discussing Retrospective Theses and Dissertations projects. Most of these articles are available through your local library. If you have trouble accessing a particular article, please don't hesistate to contact me!
According to current U.S. copyright law, copyright is provided "to the authors of 'original works of authorship'" and "from the time the work is created in fixed form" (United States Copyright Office, Circular 1, p. 1-2), unless you assigned copyright ownership to another individual or company. In general, this means the original author of a thesis or dissertation is the copyright holder.
However, due to numerous revisions in copyright law, many of UCF's theses and dissertations may be considering in the public domain, and determining status of each work can be a time-consuming process. If you have any question about the status of your work, please refer to the following information, or contact me directly.