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Copyright Essentials

An introduction to copyright issues for the NMSU community. This guide does NOT supply legal advice nor is it intended to replace the advice of legal counsel.

Author's/Creator's Rights

U.S. copyright law provides authors and creators with a set of exclusive rights to control how their work is reproduced, distributed and/or performed. Authors and creators may surrender copyright in a "work for hire" situation or if they transfer their copyright to another entity. This section offers resources for retaining the rights you want.