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Copyright & Fair Use

Data Reuse and Sharing

Although data gathered during research are not protected by intellectual property law, specially built databases for data are.

Some content from this box has been adapted from the Research Data Management at UF: Sharing & Copyright Guide.

Can I Copyright My Data? (53:42)

Recorded webinar from the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) on December 3, 2014 

Graphs, Tables, and Charts

Graphs, tables, and charts are not subject to copyright unless include some 'modicum of creativity' since they are strictly factual. An example of a chart that is subject to copyright due to the creativity involved is the the xkcd Money chart by Randall Munroe, which is licensed it under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.5 License.

Additional Reading on Data Reuse and Sharing


The intent of this guide is to provide employees of Cincinnati Children's with information pertaining to copyright law and fair use.  In no way does this guide constitute, or take the place of, legal counsel.  This guide was compiled for educational purposes only.  Any content presented on other's sites are for user's convenience only and Pratt Library and/or Cincinnati Children's does not take responsibility for anything presented on these third party sites.