The University's copyright policy was updated on September 21, 2011. The revised policy supports the university’s longstanding commitment to academic freedom while refining outdated elements of the earlier policy and clarifying definitions, balancing scholars’ needs to control the dissemination of their work with the university’s need to preserve important scholarly output.
- Faculty own rights in their scholarly works - The policy clarifies that the copyright to scholarly, academic, and artistic works are owned by the faculty who create these works. Exceptions are clearly stated for contracts that might control scholarly works (such as grants, sponsored projects, software).
- Preservation - Under the new policy, the University can "preserve, archive, and host Scholarly Works in its institutional repositories, such as Deep Blue, where faculty can control the timing and scope of access to their copyrighted works." This clarifies the right of the University to preserve scholarly works by reserving the non-exclusive right (meaning the author may otherwise assign or grant his or her rights) to use scholarly works for educational or administrative purposes consistent with the University's educational mission and academic norms and to preserve, archive and host those works.
Michigan Publishing, U-M’s primary academic publishing division, is dedicated to the integrity, persistence, and durability of the scholarly record. The Copyright Office and Deep Blue (U-M’s institutional repository service), which are part of Michigan Publishing, work closely with U-M faculty making decisions regarding their copyrights and the dissemination and preservation of their work.