ERIC Number: ED250970
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
University Approaches to Software Copyright and Licensure Policies.
Hawkins, Brian L.
Issues of copyright policy and software licensure at Drexel University that were developed during the introduction of a new microcomputing program are discussed. Channels for software distribution include: individual purchase of externally-produced software, distribution of internally-developed software, institutional licensure, and "read only" access to additional software. The university is underwriting a substantial portion of the cost for computing, for faculty release time granted for the development of a project, and for laboratory and equipment resources. The position of the university is to enter into a written agreement with its personnel covering software and copyright ownership. Since the student purchases the microcomputer and software from the university, copyright liabilities for the software are placed with the individual purchasers. Institutional licensure places the liability with the institution, but allows for a one-time or annual university commitment for access to certain software. Possible approaches for the distribution of royalties are also discussed. Attention is directed to protecting the copyrights of others, including illegal copying or piracy of software. (SW)
Descriptors: Administrative Policy, College Planning, Computer Software, Copyrights, Higher Education, Intellectual Property, Legal Responsibility, Microcomputers, Purchasing, Teacher Developed Materials
Drexel University, Microcomputing Program, Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, 32nd and Chestnut Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19104.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Drexel Univ., Philadelphia, PA. Microcomputing Program.