Other Work Products

If, as part of your employment duties, you create something not otherwise considered scholarly work, your employer normally owns the copyright in the resulting work. So if the University hires you to carry out an administrative project, such as creating a web page, you cannot claim authorship or copyright in the resulting work.

Often there is a difference, however, between work created for the University by a University employee and work created for the University by a consultant or independent contractor. For example, if a graphic designer is hired as a consultant to design a poster for the University, the graphic designer will own the copyright in the poster, unless the consulting agreement specifically assigns the copyright to the University. If, on the other hand, a University employee designed the poster as part of his or her employment duties, the copyright over the poster would automatically belong to the University.

Similarly, if the University hires an engineering firm to prepare a report on the University drainage system, copyright over the report belongs to the engineering firm. However, the University would own the copyright in a similar report prepared by an engineer employed by the University. But if the work is created outside the scope of a person’s employment duties, authorship and copyright normally belong to the creator rather than the University.