Students will have the option to select a publishing option that pertains to the Pro Quest database and separately to the institutional repository.
An embargo has the effect of restricting online access to the dissertation through the Pro Quest database and through the institutional repository for the period of the embargo.
Pro Quest asks if I wish for them to register the copyright in my dissertation; what does that mean? This used to be required to get the protection of copyright for the full term, but that is no longer the case.
Copyrights can be (but are not required to be) "registered" with the U. Copyright belongs to the author automatically for the full 95-year term (currently) whether it is registered or not. If you find someone has infringed on your copyright and you want to sue them and collect monetary damages, you can only collect damages back to the date of the official registration. You can register copyright yourself: Basic registration fee is $35 if done online, $65 if done on paper.
You can stop them from infringing, but you cannot collect damages for infringement that happened prior to the registration date. Pro Quest's charge for doing it for you at the time of deposit is $75.
The United States Copyright Office is @ Registration, however, does not guarantee a work's copyright.
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Dissertations document the discoveries, findings and insights gained through University-supported research.
Northwestern University may use its copy or copies and make the content available to others without restriction.
The University Library’s Digital Scholarship Services has resources to help scholars understand publishing options and author’s rights.