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Under United States copyright law, as the creator of your original thesis or dissertation, you own the copyright to your work as soon as it's in a "fixed and tangible medium," such as saving your work to your computer. Kent State University Policy 5 - 10. 1 also specifies that students own the copyright to their coursework, including theses and dissertations (see Kent State University Administrative Policy Regarding Copyrights).
Registering your copyright is not necessary; however, there are certain circumstances in which it can be advantageous. If you wish to do so, create an account and follow all instructions at: Copyright.gov Registration Portal. Registration fees depend on the type of work you are registering.
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