Faculty Handbook - 3.10 Copyright

Faculty Handbook - 3.10 Copyright

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This section of the Faculty Handbook describes conditions for copyright for work produced by UAB faculty.
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3.10 Copyright

UAB is committed to complying with all applicable laws regarding copyright and has adopted a Copyright Policy as of September 18, 2006. As a general rule, copyright in work produced by a faculty member on his or her own initiative and any revenues derived from that work shall be the exclusive property of the individual, subject to the following conditions:
  • University Assigned Works. If the work is produced by a faculty member while conducting his or her regular employment duties, if employed, or is prepared as a result of a special commission, assignment or requirement of UAB the copyright will be owned by UAB. Work created by a faculty member when complying with the general obligation to produce scholarly or creative works is not deemed to be prepared as a result of a special commission, assignment or requirement of UAB.

  • Sponsor Supported Works. If the work is produced in whole or in part with the assistance of an outside sponsor through a grant or contract with UAB, ownership of the copyright and any resulting revenues will be determined by the applicable provisions of the sponsorship agreement or terms of the grant. In the absence of such provisions, ownership of copyright shall be determined in accordance with the UAB Copyright Policy.
     
  • University Assisted Works. If the work is produced with substantial use of University resources and is not a SponsorSupported Work, the copyright is property of UAB. “Substantial use” of University resources generally refers to the extraordinary use of personnel and physical resources, not the ordinary use of UAB’s libraries, equipment or personnel.
 

Except for textbooks and articles published in scholarly journals, UAB shall have “shop rights” in work produced by faculty members on their own initiative which are not otherwise University Assigned Works, Sponsor Supported Works and/or University Assisted Works. “Shop rights” mean a non-exclusive, non-transferable, royalty-free license to reproduce, publicly perform or display or make derivative works of any copyrighted works, for educational or research purposes. Faculty, staff and students shall have shop rights to copyrighted works owned by the University which are University Assigned Works, Sponsor Supported Works and University Assisted Works provided such shop rights are not used in competition with the University during the individual’s employment with UAB or course of studies at UAB.

Faculty members are not required to disclose works produced by their own initiative. However, for University Assigned Works, Sponsor Supported Works and University Assisted Works, the creator shall provide written disclosure of the work during its creation or immediately thereafter to his or her unit leader and to the UAB Research Foundation.