"Fair use" of copyrighted material does not require permission. If a dissertation includes material protected by copyright beyond fair use, the dissertation author must obtain written permission from the copyright holder. Use of material in the public domain does not require permission.
Copyright Information Center (UChicago)
Provides guidance for understanding copyright
Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the United States (Cornell)
Includes detailed chart with information on works published outside the U.S.
Dissertation Research and Other Publishers
As a condition for receipt of the doctorate, doctoral candidates at the University of Chicago must grant ProQuest Dissertation Publishing non-exclusive rights to reproduce, distribute, and sell their dissertations. If another publisher has accepted dissertation research for publication, the author should be sure to retain the right to publish through ProQuest.
Open Access (UChicago)
Includes information on our agreements with publishers
Thesis Content and Article Publishing (MIT Libraries)
Contains summary of several publishers' dissertation-related policies for MIT; some also pertain to UChicago
Provides summaries of publisher copyright and open access archiving policies
Dissertation authors hold the copyright for their own dissertations and retain the right to publish elsewhere. Authors may choose to register copyright or not. If registering copyright, they may register through ProQuest's ETD Administrator for a fee or register directly through the United States Copyright Office.
Using Images and Other Formats
Copyright for Multimedia
Online class from Coursera discussing fair use and format-specific issues for data, images, music, and videos
Images: A Guide to Visual Resources
Guide from the Art, Cinema & History Librarian and the Visual Resources Librarian includes information on images and usage rights
Intellectual Property and the Arts
Resources presented by the College Art Association
Using Material in Archives
Guidelines for Reproducing or Publishing Material
Guidelines from the University of Chicago Library’s Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center