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 own copyright in works they create unless the work is:
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 own copyright in the works they create unless the work is:
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 owns copyright in works:
For a complete explanation, with examples, see Intellectual Property Policy:Goucher College.
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