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Copyright Page Dissertation

4.1. How to Secure Copyright

As the author of your thesis or dissertation, only you are legally entitled to authorize publication or reproduction of your intellectual property, although you may assign your rights to others.

Copyright is secured automatically when a work is created, which is when it is fixed in a tangible form for the first time. Under present U.S. copyright law, the term of the copyright is the author's life plus 70 years.

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4.2. Copyright Page

The use of copyright notice is the prerogative of the copyright owner and does not require advance permission from, or registration with, the U.S. Copyright Office. The use of such notice is highly recommended, because it informs the public that the work is protected by copyright, identifies the copyright owner, and shows the year of first publication.

The notice must contain the following three elements:

  1. The symbol © (the letter in a circle), or the word "Copyright"
  2. The year of publication (i.e., the year in which you are filing your manuscript)
  3. The name of the copyright owner (i.e., your name as it appears on the title page)

Example: © 2015 John Doe

When submitting yoiur manuscript on paper, if you choose not to include a copyright notice, do not include that page in your manuscript and number pages accordingly.

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4.3. Copyright Registration

You may choose to copyright your manuscript by including the copyright notice but not formally registering your copyright. However, to fully protect your rights in a copyright dispute and to be eligible for damages caused by infringement, you must register your copyright. You can register your copyright at any time within its term.

If you are submitting a Ph.D. dissertation, you may have the copyright registered for you by UMI Dissertation Services (a division of ProQuest Information and Learning Company). To do this, submit the UMI form and required fee (certified check or money order- UMI does not accept personal checks) to the University Archives when you submit your manuscript. UMI will register your copyright and submit your manuscript to the Library of Congress. If you are submitting your thesis or dissertation electronically, you can request that UMI register your copyright through the UMI ETD system. If you request this, you will pay for that service by credit card in the UMI ETD system.

To register your copyright yourself, refer to section 6.3., Important Contacts.

[5. Submitting Your Manuscript to University Archives]

We're here to help you prepare your manuscript using the University Format Guidelines and the style guide approved by your department.

Ready to submit your thesis, project report or dissertation? Be sure to complete all 4 steps: (1) Have your signature page complete with all signatures; (2) Have your manuscript formatted to the best of your ability in one PDF; (3) Deliver your signature page to the Thesis and Dissertation Office by 5 p.m. of the deadline date; and (4) Upload your PDF using the Internet address provided to you at the time you bring in your signature page. A payment of $95 is required at the time of uploading your PDF.

Need help with formatting? Refer to a Mini Manuscript PDF with examples of formatted pages. Watch PowerPoint slideshows about formatting rules. Use Microsoft Word-based templates to create pages. Set up a pre-submission consultation (during designated dates each semester). Come to a workshop. Call (562) 985-4013 or email any time with questions.

Concerned about copyright? Check out the copyright information page 

Looking for a thesis? Information about CSULB graduate level manuscripts is available through the University Library online catalog. Titles written after 2008 are only available through ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database.

Finishing up your research? Browse through Research Guides created by CSULB University Librarians. Borrow materials from other libraries with interlibrary services.