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Intellectual Property

The Willamette University Intellectual Rights and Property Policy describes the ownership of and usage rights in intellectual property created by members of the University community.

The following additional provisions apply to content submitted to the Academic Commons.

Department Collections

An author who submits work to the Academic Commons grants to the University the non-exclusive right to publish their content.

Unless other University policies apply to the material, the author or collection owner is free to decide who can access their content and how long it remains in the repository. They can request that access be restricted or that the item be withdrawn. The University Library may limit access or choose to withdraw the content at any time.

University Collections

University Collections are those that have been professionally produced, curated, or enhanced using University Library staff or other University resources. The items in these collections are permanent additions to the Academic Commons. The University retains a perpetual, non-exclusive right to distribute the work.

Before undertaking a collection or publishing project, Academic Commons staff will work with content owners to reach a simple, fair and mutually beneficial licensing arrangement that is consistent with University policy.

Copyrighted Images

Use of copyrighted images in Academic Commons collections must be consistent with the guidelines established by the Visual Resources Association (VRA). Limited distribution of copyrighted images in a manner consistent with these guidelines is considered fair use.

Student Distribution License

As part of the deposit process for student theses and works, all students must agree to the following distribution license.


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