ERIC Number: ED138167
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Computer Software in Education: Property Rights, Use, Royalties.
Costello, D. F.
The advent of computer programming by faculty members on college and university campuses and the potential value of the product of this effort in the commercial marketplace have caused some college and university administrators to examine the potential benefits and problems associated with developing policy surrounding the issues of property rights and royalties associated with using computer software in education. The recent history of the commercialization of university-developed, general-purpose statistical software is examined, and the developing opportunities in the computer courseware area are looked at. By examining one university's policy concerning university-sponsored educational material and contrasting this approach with a computer manufacturer's arrangement with its employees, the need for broader college and university managerial attention is pointed out. A related issue that is discussed is that the potential property loss associated with use of proprietary software packages may justify the formality with which certain software producers approach their university clients. Finally, one commercial computer manufacturer's contractual approach to the royalty problem is presented. Sample agreements and releases are appended. (Author/MSE)
Descriptors: Administrative Policy, Computer Programs, Contracts, Copyrights, Equipment Manufacturers, Financial Policy, Higher Education, Instructional Materials, Legal Problems, Policy Formation, School Business Relationship
Office of Institutional Studies, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California 90007
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the second annual academic planning conference (University of Southern California, Los Angeles, January 19-21, 1977)