You can also check out the MIT Libraries page on Thesis Content and Article Publishing for links to relevant policies for several publishers.
You can register your copyright at any time; it does not need to occur at the moment of submission to Pro Quest.
However, the earlier you register your copyright, the more money in statutory damages and attorney fees you are eligible for should you end up suing someone for violating your copyright.
Or you can register the copyright yourself (fees are $35 or $55 depending on the type of application).
Remember, this is not a required step – and it has nothing to do with your being the copyright holder.
For information about embargoing a thesis or dissertation, consult your program’s thesis/dissertation guide.
For students in the Schools of Arts, Sciences & Engineering: Q: I published a chapter of my dissertation/thesis as an article last year.
Formal registration establishes a claim on your particular “expression” of your ideas. Depending on the amount and type of material being used, it may be more appropriate to seek permission.
Registration is a necessary step should you want to sue for copyright infringement. If the material you want to use in your dissertation/thesis is in the public domain, you don’t need permission or to do a fair use assessment, just don’t forget to cite it! Registering provides a date-stamp, which can be useful in establishing primacy of your work.
Embargoes are available for 6 months, 1 year, and 2 years.
Should you need to extend the embargo period because you are in the midst of patent negotiations, your advisor may request a one-time extension of the embargo from Pro Quest and Tufts Digital Collections & Archives.