Copyright and Licensing Policy

Faculty, researchers, and students generally own copyright in their scholarly or educational work at UT, subject to the exceptions stated in the UT System Regents' Rules and Regulations, General Rules for Intellectual Property, Series 90101. Therefore faculty, researchers, and students who own copyrights in their works will retain their copyrights while granting non-exclusive rights to UT Austin and the Texas Digital Library (TDL) when submitting their work to Texas ScholarWorks (TSW).

Copyright owners will grant non-exclusive rights to UT Austin and TDL to copy, display, perform, distribute, and publish their submitted work within copyright law or any applicable license agreement as part of a UT Austin or TDL repository communication or distribution effort. Copyright owners will also grant UT Austin and TDL the non-exclusive right to migrate their work to various formats as needed for preservation and usability. The UT Libraries will manage these non-exclusive rights granted to UT Austin and TDL.

If a thesis or dissertation has a patent pending, the author has the option to request an embargo on display and distribution rights through TSW and TDL's online repository. Please see the Office of Graduate Studies website for more information about embargoes.

Some works may not fit the warranties or options described in the license below. A common example of this is a journal article authored by a UT faculty member or researcher, but with copyright of that article owned by a publisher. In those cases, it can be possible to submit an earlier version of the article to TSW. If you have something that does not fit the warranties below, please contact the Repository Curator for other options.

The TSW Deposit License below will be presented to a submitter as a click-through license during the submission process or via email prior to mediated deposit.

TSW Deposit License

I grant the University of Texas at Austin ("Institution"), my academic department ("Department"), and the Texas Digital Library ("TDL") the non-exclusive rights to copy, display, perform, distribute and publish the content I submit to this repository ("Work") and to make the Work available in any format in perpetuity as part of an Institution, Department, or TDL repository communication or distribution effort.

I understand that once the Work is submitted, a bibliographic reference to the Work may remain visible in perpetuity, even if the Work is updated or removed at the discretion of the Institution, Department, or TDL.

I understand that the Work's copyright owner(s) will continue to own copyright outside these non-exclusive granted rights.

I warrant that:

  • I am the copyright owner of the Work, or
  • I am one of the copyright owners and have permission from the other owners to submit the Work, or
  • My Institution or Department is the copyright owner and I have permission to submit the Work, or
  • Another party is the copyright owner and I have permission to submit the Work.

Based on this, I further warrant to my knowledge:

  • The Work does not infringe any copyright, patent, or trade secrets of any third party,
  • The Work does not contain any libelous matter, nor invade the privacy of any person or third party, and
  • That no right in the Work has been sold, mortgaged, or otherwise disposed of, and is free from all exclusive claims.

I agree to hold Institution, Department, TDL and their agents harmless for any liability arising from any breach of the above warranties or any claim of intellectual property infringement arising from the exercise of these non-exclusive granted rights.

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