Copyright Law and Emory Policies

Emory's Intellectual Property Policy

Emory's IP policy does not assert copyright ownership of academic and scholarly copyrightable works created by Emory personnel, unless Emory provided support for the creation of the work.  See the policy for more details. This policy only governs the ownership of copyrighted materials created by Emory personnel, it does not govern the use of copyrighted materials.

Emory's Copyright Infringement Policy

As a network provider, Emory has a process in place to handle copyright infringement notifications involving computers within the Emory networks. As an educational institution, Emory informs its students about copyright law and the penalties for violations. Emory also takes technical enforcement steps to block the use of peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing on campus resident hall networks and other select locations.

U.S. Copyright Law

U.S. Copyright Law originated with the Constitution. Article I, Section 8, Clause 8 of the Constitution states that:

"Congress shall have the power... To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries."

The U.S. Copyright Act can be found at Title 17 of the United States Code.  The U.S. Copyright Office also provides information on copyright.

NIH Public Access Policy

Compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy involves four steps:

  1. Determine whether the NIH Public Access Policy applies to your paper.
  2. Address copyright to ensure that your publishing agreement allows the paper to be posted to PubMed Central in accordance with the NIH Public Access Policy.
  3. Submit the paper to PubMed Central and approve public release.
  4. Include the PMCID at the end of the full citation in your application or report.

For assistance with determining if the NIH Public Access Policy applies to your paper or if your publishing agreement allows the paper to be posted in PubMed Central, please contact the Scholarly Communications Office via email or by phone (404) 727-1535.

For assistance submitting the paper to PubMed Central or finding the PMCID, please contact or contact Jeremy Kupsco via email or by phone (404) 727-0301.

The NIH has a Public Access Policy website with helpful details, FAQs and tutorials.