- Clarifies ownership
- Ensures publication
- Identifies party responsible for work
When you are preparing a work with many copyright elements and
many contributors, you need to consolidate the rights with the entity
that is going to publish or disseminate the work.
Benefits of Consolidation
Having your rights consolidated shows potential publishers or distributors
that the project managers can manage risk and are prepared for the
Being clear about the copyright rights for each project, it is:
· Easier to stop others from producing content which is too
· To create relationships with those interested in the project,
· To control the product's quality.
Without identifying ownership of particular elements, it is difficult
to ensure the project can be released.
How to Consolidate Rights
Rights consolidation is accomplished through either an assignment
of copyright, which transfers ownership of the work to another,
or through a license, which grants permission to use a work in a
certain way. Both assignments and licenses are part of creating
works within a university setting.
Creators may be asked to assign rights in scholarly work to a publisher
so that the work may be published. Or, creators may be asked to
grant a license to the University to use work you own in a project.
Consolidation and UW Copyright
You may be asked to transfer your copyright to the University if, as defined
under UW copyright policy, you used University staff, resources or funding,
or the University has obligations to provide such materials as required elements
under a grant, contract or other award..
Creators and Consolidation
If it is determined that rights should be consolidated with the
University, the creator of the work retains a say in how the work
is used, credit for having prepared the work, and in most cases,
a share of any royalties that may be generated if the work is commercialized.
When you are working on this type of project, you may be asked
to sign a participation agreement that will clarify your rights
and responsibilities on a particular project.