At Purdue, graduate student publications generally fall into two categories:
--traditionally published articles.
Included are steps to make theses/dissertations and traditional published articles open access.
Under copyright, authors have the right to control the use of their work subject to exceptions permitted under the law. If the use exceeds such exceptions, then infringing on someone's copyright can result in the infringer paying money damages (civil liability) and/or going to prison (criminal liability). To understand your rights and responsibilities under the copyright law, review the basics and the exceptions.