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Copyright page

Your electronic thesis, dissertation, or report (ETDR) is an original work and is protected by copyright laws of the United States (title 17, U.S. Code). These laws give the copyright owner exclusive rights to (or authorize others to) reproduce, distribute, produce derivative works, display, or perform the work.

The copyright page of your ETDR is not required unless you plan to register for copyright, either through the U.S. Copyright Office or as part of the submission process to UMI/ProQuest (doctoral students only). You can, however, include the copyright page even if you do not register for copyright.

If you include a copyright page in your ETDR, the following information should appear on the page:


For example,


Technically, the copyright statement is not required for a work to be legally copyrighted. However, it is generally good practice to include the statement as a reminder that your work is copyright.

See the ETDR template for more information on your copyright page.

See Copyright Registration for information on how to register for copyright.