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Copyright for Minnesota West Created Works

Copyright is a protection that covers
published and unpublished literary, scientific and artistic works, whatever the form of expression, provided such works are fixed in a tangible or material form. Copyright laws grant the creator the exclusive right to reproduce, prepare derivative works, distribute, perform and display the work publicly.

Copyright protection begins when the work is actually created and fixed in a tangible form. No copyright notice is actually required. However, placing a copyright statement on the work alerts the user that the work is protected.

The proper way to place a copyright notice is as follows:
Copyright © (first date of creation) (name of owner)

Use these copyright statements for works created by Minnesota West employees

  • When the College owns the work -

    Copyright © 2012 Minnesota West Community & Technical College

  • When the College employee owns the work -

    Copyright © 2012 Jane Doe

  • When the College and employee own the work jointly -

    Copyright © 2012 Jane Doe and Minnesota West Community & Technical College