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ERIC Number: ED497906
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Dec
Pages: 60
Abstractor: ERIC
Intellectual Property Issues for Higher Education Unions: A Primer. Item Number 36-0699
Strom, David
American Federation of Teachers
This document is a synopsis of intellectual property issues for higher education unions. American academics, including faculty, professional staff, researchers and graduate student research assistants, have always been leaders in the creation of intellectual property. In many instances, that work product is protected by U.S. copyright and patent legislation. Until recently, higher education faculty and staff have been relatively free to produce research and to write articles, books and textbooks without the institution claiming ownership or seeking to profit from the intellectual work of its employees. Faculty and staff also have been able, within bounds, to reproduce, quote and make "fair use" of the work of others in their classes and academic publications. In recent years, issues concerning the ownership and control of intellectual property on campus have become more complicated and pressing as college administrations step up efforts to profit from the research, scholarship, and teaching of the faculty and staff. As a result, higher education unions must start to pay close attention to legislation, court decisions and campus policies concerning intellectual property and to protect their members' interests through collective bargaining. This is true both at senior colleges and universities and, with the growth of distance education at community colleges, at two-year colleges as well. The publication has two parts. The first part is a brief discussion of major issues that affect the intellectual property rights of higher education faculty and staff. The second part focuses on collective bargaining, and includes: (1) Checklist of issues for higher education unions as they bargain intellectual property issues; (2) Pointers on handling specific matters such as distance education; (3) Sample license between publisher and author; and (4) Excerpts from collective bargaining agreements that should give higher education faculty and unions ideas about various ways to address intellectual property issues in contracts. [This document was produced by AFT Higher Education, a division of the American Federation of Teachers.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Federation of Teachers, Washington, DC.