The University Copyright Office was established in 2012 as part of the University Libraries strategic plan due to the growth and increasing complexity of copyright law and practices in higher education. The office is part of the University Library and serves as the centralized point for all matters concerning copyright. The office also serves as the center for scholary communications and provides information and assistance to faculty, students, and staff with respect to publishing agreements, promotes open access policies where possible, and educates the university community on these issues through quarterly digests and guides. This office does not provide guidance on matters involving patents. Issues involving patents are handled through the Office of Commercialization and Industrial Relations. University owned trademarks including logos are handled by the Office of University Marketing. The Copyright Office can provide general information related to non-university owned trademarks and the trademark process.
Questions and Contact Information
Stephanie Swenson Towery, the Copyright Officer, can help you with any of your copyright questions. You can contact her by telephone at (512) 245-1090 or email: email@example.com or arrange an in person visit. Some questions can be answered quickly while others may require some research or review of materials. All calls and emails will be returned within a 24 hour time frame unless otherwise noted. We are also available to do a workshops or programs for your department or office to address any specific copyright questions you may have. Also, please see the Copyright Research Guide for information regarding various copyright matters.
The University Copyright Office strives to serve and support the Texas State University community including faculty, students and staff as well as members of our local communities through educational initiatives focused on copyright policies, procedures, and training, including organizing centrally-located information resources. The Office also endeavors to foster and encourage open access models of scholarly communication and the creation and sharing of educational materials to the greatest extent possible. University Copyright Office goals include the following:
The University Copyright Office provides materials and resources on copyright and intellectual property issues for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice or counsel. Those seeking legal advice are encouraged to contact TSUS Office of General Counsel or a private attorney that has knowledge of or a background in copyright and intellectual property matters. A list of private attorneys licensed to practice in the state of Texas can be found at the State Bar of Texas website.