Obligations to others may arise through:
- Sponsored research agreements
Further complicating the ownership analysis is the issue of works
sponsored or commissioned by third parties, such as works developed
as part of research, consulting or testing agreements.
Many sponsors seek rights to use or own copyrightable results of
research and other contractual relationships and it is necessary
to consider the obligations such requirements may place on the project.
If ownership is transferred to a sponsor or another party, the creator
of the work may not be able to publish the work or use the work
as the basis for other works.
In many cases, this factor completely changes the ownership equation.
If rights have been transferred to a sponsor, it is not an issue
of whether the University or the creator controls how the work is
used, the sponsor would have that right.
It is appropriate to carefully consider if this situation is desirable.
In general, the University does not recommend transferring all
rights to a sponsor as part of a research or other agreement because
this could have adverse impact on a faculty member's ongoing research
If you have any questions about the copyright terms in a contractual relationship,
contact UW TechTransfer
Digital Ventures or the Grant
and Contract Services Office.