Copyright protects the rights of creators to their literary and artistic works. Copyright is automatic as soon as the works have been put in tangible form (e.g., written works on paper or in digital form, a recorded song, printed or digital photographs, graphics, sculptures, audiovisuals, architectural designs, etc.). As an author or creator, that person can do or authorize others to do the following:
> Make copies of the work;
> Distribute copies of the work;
> Publicly perform or display the work; and/or
> Make derivatives of the work.
> UCF Regulation UCF-2.033 Copyright and Works for University personnel
For that reason, UCF has chosen to adopt the guidelines set forth under 5.-9. of the UCF Use of Copyrighted Material Policy rather than to ask individuals to apply the four-pronged test. UCF personnel should follow applicable copyright law and the above referenced policy.
For additional resources pertaining to fair use, please visit the UCF General Counsel’s website, but, in reading these materials or the legal resources posted on the UCF General Counsel’s website, please keep in mind that they do not constitute, and should not be considered a substitute for, specific legal advice. The resolution of legal issues frequently hinges on slight changes in the facts and circumstances, and a particular situation may well be different from those described in these materials. UCF faculty and/or staff members who encounter legal questions within the course of their employment, including those pertaining to copyright law, the university’s guidelines with respect to fair use, university regulations and/or other official UCF documents, should contact the UCF Office of the General Counsel. UCF students should contact the Office of Scholarly Communication at the John C. Hitt Library.