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UPub Copyright Clearing Center

The Office of the Associate Dean for Collection Strategies and Services, University Libraries, is the designated copyright clearing center for publications produced by campus departments, programs, or research centers under the auspices of the University of Maryland. Daniel Mack, Associate Dean for Collection Strategies and Services, is the authorized signatory for agreements made on behalf of the University. This initiative is a collaboration between the Office of General Counsel and University Libraries. Electronic copy of the finalized agreement should be sent to for digital signature.


Daniel C. Mack
Associate Dean, Collection Strategies and Services
4119 McKeldin Library
College Park, MD 20742
Phone: 301-405-9264

Frequently asked questions

Please refer to the U.S. Copyright Q&A for answer to this and other related copyright questions. The Libraries Copyright guide is also a great resource to get answers to these questions.

The University of Maryland Intellectual Property Policy explains the terms, conditions, and procedures for the ownership of materials created by the university's faculty, students, and staff. It also applies to non-University visitors who make use of University facilities and resources.

No, this office does not provide editing service or administrative assistance.

No. The use of images for commercial purposes is an issue of trademark, not copyright. Contact the owner or source of image to request permission. For use of University images, refer to the UMD Brand Toolkit.

No. This office does not provide funds for copyright registration.


Other resources:

US Copyright Office

Copyright Registration. File a copyright registration for your work through the U.S. Copyright Office online system.

Creative Commons. "provides free, easy-to-use copyright licenses to make a simple and standardized way to give the public permission to share and use your creative work - on conditions of your choice"

SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition). "works to enable the open sharing of research outputs and educational materials in order to democratize access to knowledge, accelerate discovery, and increase the return on our investment in research and education"

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