PUBLISHING TO DATABASES
When it's time to publish your ETD, you will upload in two places: the UM ETD database and ProQuest/UMI. UM's ETD database provides a publicly available, searchable, full text repository of UM theses and dissertations in PDF format. ProQuest is a database of information that is available to thousands of libraries around the world.
Visit the UM Libraries' website for more on copyright.
DOCTORAL STUDENTS AND COPYRIGHT: TO REGISTER OR NOT TO REGISTER?
Your rights as author are not infringed by refraining from formal copyrighting, nor does the Graduate School require that you formally copyright. If you do not register with the Copyright Office, you still enjoy copyright protection, which is automatic, coming into effect the moment your original work is fixed in a tangible medium.
Please note, however, that registration holds certain advantages. First, if your work is registered, you have verifiable evidence that you are the author of the work and the owner of its copyright. Also, registration is necessary should you have to enforce a copyright against an infringer or plagiarist. For these reasons, UM recommends that you register copyright of your dissertation.