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Copyright @ Goucher

Provides a general overview of copyright issues for Goucher College faculty and students.

Goucher Policy

Information on this page is adapted from the Goucher Intellectual Propery Policy

Copyright law provides that copyright in a work initially belongs to the creator of the work. If a work qualifies as a "work for hire," the employer or other person for whom the work was created is considered the creator and, therefore, may own the copyright.

A work for hire is a work prepared by an employee within the scope of employment; or a work specially commissioned or ordered, provided the creator and the commissioning party execute a written agreement specifying the work is one for hire and that copyright is owned by the commissioning party.

Ownership of copyright may be changed by written agreement, contract, policies, and other means of transfer.  This is only an overview, if you have any questions, please refer to the Goucher Intellectual Propery Policy.

Faculty

Faculty own copyright in works they create unless the work is:

  • Required to be created and delivered under the terms of a Sponsored Research Agreement; or
  • Created pursuant to a written agreement that specifies the College or someone other than the faculty member owns the copyright; or
  • Created in the course of performing administrative duties; or
  • Created separate and apart from their academic, research and administrative duties using College Resources Beyond those Usually and Customarily Provided without prior written authorization from the College.

Summary: Faculty own copyright in professional and scholarly articles, books, course syllabi, and course lectures they create unless an exception applies. For a complete explanation, with examples, see Intellectual Property Policy:Goucher College.

Students

Students own copyright in the works they create unless the work is:

  • Created in their roles as a College employee (work study student, office intern, graduate assistant, etc.); or
  • Created as a required deliverable under a Sponsored Research Agreement (any agreement to conduct research or provide services to which the College is a party, whether or not the College receives compensation); or
  • Created pursuant to a written agreement with the College that specifies copyright ownership is held by someone else; or
  • Created for personal reasons unrelated to academic or research requirement using College Resources Beyond those Usually and Customarily Provided without prior written authorization from the College.

Summary: Students own copyright in their course work unless one of these exceptions applies. For a complete explanation, with examples, see Intellectual Property Policy:Goucher College.

Goucher College

Goucher College owns copyright in works:

  • Produced by non-faculty personnel in their role as a College employee; and
  • Produced by students in the course of their employment by the College;
  • Produced by faculty, non-faculty personnel and/or students as a required deliverable under a Sponsored Research Agreement; and
  • Produced by faculty or non-faculty personnel in performing College administrative duties; and
  • Produced pursuant to a written agreement that gives the College ownership of the copyright; and
  • Produced by faculty, non-faculty personnel and/or students unrelated to College responsibilities using College Resources Beyond those Usually and Customarily Provided without prior written authorization.

For a complete explanation, with examples, see Intellectual Property Policy:Goucher College.

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