Creating New Works
Checklist for rights in newly created works:
- Who will own it?
- Who will control how it is used?
- What rights do developers have?
- Who will secure rights to other content?
- Who will assume liability for work?
Sorting Out Rights
Many works created at the university combine the creative efforts
of several individuals and may use copyright elements from a variety
of sources. How the relationship of the participants is managed
and how rights to use existing content are obtained determine how
the work can be used both within and outside the University.
You may find it helpful to use an asset inventory to make sure
you have identified all the issues you need to know about when you
create a new work.
Consider the Future
It is important to consider issues of ownership, control, financial
interests, attribution and liability before a project begins so
that rights are appropriately managed to support your intended purpose.
By considering how the work will be used and control how rights
are established, you can ensure that you have the rights you need
to use the work as you intend.
If you wait until the work is completed to consider rights, you
may find that ownership is in dispute, or some individuals decide
that you cannot use their contributions at which point you will
have created a work that may be un-publishable because it may infringe
on others’ rights.
Tools for Managing Copyright Issues
For more information on effectively managing the copyright issues
that may arise in your project, see these pages: Assess UW interest,
Establish control, Clarify responsibilities, Secure permissions,