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DISSERTATIONS AND COPYRIGHT: TO REGISTER OR NOT TO REGISTER

You do not need to register with the Copyright Office in order to retain copyright in your work. Copyright is automatic once a work is in fixed form.

For some, however, there may be benefits to registering your work. You are required to have registered your work if you were to try to sue for infringement of copyright. Registration also allows you to sue for statuary damages (rather than just actual). However, this is often more of a concern to authors of creative or other original work.

When you deposit your dissertation with ProQuest, you will be given an opportunity to register your copyright for a fee. The University of Miami does not require that you register your dissertation with the Copyright Office. If you would like to register your copyright at a later date, you can do that by registering directly with the Copyright Office.

When you deposit your dissertation with ProQuest, ProQuest will make an offer register your copyright for a fee. The University of Miami does not require that you register your dissertation with the Copyright Office. You can accept ProQuest’s offer to handle the copyright of your work, or, you can register for the copyright of your work yourself by directly contacting the Copyright Office: http://www.copyright.gov/eco/

The Graduate School does not require students to copyright their thesis or dissertation. The decision to copyright belongs to the student.

See the UM Libraries’ page on copyright here.