General Policy Statement
Copyright is the ownership and control of the intellectual property in original works of authorship, which are subject to copyright law.
It is the policy of the University that all rights in copyright shall remain with the creator unless the work
(a) is a work-for-hire (and copyright vests in the University under copyright law),
(b) is supported by a direct allocation of funds through the University for the pursuit of a specific project,
(c) is commissioned by the University, or
(d) is otherwise subject to contractual obligations.
Books, Articles, and Similar Works, including Unpatentable Software
In accord with academic tradition, except to the extent set forth in this policy, the University does not claim ownership to pedagogical, scholarly, or artistic works, regardless of their form of expression. Such works include those of students created in the course of their education, such as dissertations, papers and articles. The University claims no ownership of popular nonfiction, novels, textbooks, poems, musical compositions, unpatentable software, or other works of artistic imagination, which are not institutional works or the services of University non-faculty employees working within the scope of their employment.
The University shall retain ownership of works created as institutional works as described in Section IV of this policy. Institutional works include works that are supported by a specific allocation of University funds or that are created at the direction of the University for a specific University purpose. Institutional works also include works whose authorship cannot be attributed to one or a discrete number of authors, but rather result from simultaneous or sequential contributions over time by multiple faculty and students. For example, software tools developed and improved over time by multiple faculty and students where authorship is not appropriately attributed to a single or defined group of authors would constitute an institutional work. The mere fact that multiple individuals have contributed to the creation of a work shall not cause the work to constitute an institutional work. Institutional works shall belong to the University and shall be handled under the same procedures outlined above for patents.