Copyright and Ethical Use of Data

Most data is not copyrightable in the U.S. and copyrights usually do not apply and are not enforceable. However, certain intellectual property licenses may help ensure proper attribution and protect your data in countries where copyright applies. As with other forms of publishing, authors should understand their rights before publishing their data.

On this page:

Data as Intellectual Property
Data License for Attribution
Ethical Use Issues
Related University Policies

Data as Intellectual Property

The University Copyright Librarian, Nancy Sims, describes the Intellectual Property Rights associated with data you generate as part of university research.

Nancy Sims, Copyright Librarian
Making Decisions About Your Research Data
September 7th, 2012
Video: 6 min 37 sec.



Data License for Attribution

Some options for data intellectual property and proper attribution:

Ethical Use Issues

The office of Records and Information Management offers assistance and guidelines on ethical uses of data. These services include:

University Research Data Policies

More information can be found on the University’s office of Records and Information Management.








Contact Us

Nancy Sims,
Copyright Librarian

More information can be found on the University’s office of Records and Information Management.