ERIC Number: ED456690
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Aug
Impact of Intellectual Property Laws on Part-Time Faculty. The Effective Voice for You.
Duby, James R., Jr.
This guide explains some of the intellectual property rights of part-time college faculty members and the circumstances under which faculty can defend intellectual property rights. The term "intellectual property" refers to proprietary information, materials, or products, the owner of which may possess intellectual property rights under trademark, copyright, patent, or trade secrets laws. In general, educational materials or courseware would be owned initially by the inventor or creator. In the case of teachers, the copyright often remains with the teacher even if the work was created as part of the duties of the teacher. If the materials or courseware are created by a part-time faculty member, the materials may be considered "made for hire," and the part-time faculty member may not be the owner of the copyright. The rights of part-time teachers who have created educational materials or courseware are discussed. The application of intellectual property rights to educational materials or courseware created by a part-time faculty member is very complex, and part-time faculty members should seek legal advice to resolve intellectual property issues. (SLD)
Descriptors: Higher Education, Instructional Materials, Intellectual Property, Legal Responsibility, Part Time Faculty, Research Utilization
National Education Association, Office of Higher Education, 1201 Sixteenth Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20036-3290. Web site: http://www.nea.org/he.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: National Education Association, Washington, DC. Office of Higher Education.