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ERIC Number: ED542958
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Ownership & Authorship of Collaborative Academic Work. CAUT Intellectual Property Advisory. Number 2
Canadian Association of University Teachers
The purpose of this advisory is to assist academic staff members in avoiding conflict over ownership and authorship rights in collaborative academic work. When students, professors, librarians and other researchers work together in teams, they can create fundamental advances in knowledge. Unfortunately, these arrangements are also generating conflict over intellectual property ownership and authorship attribution; conflict that can derail projects, damage or destroy careers and undermine the integrity of all academic work. To avoid these difficulties, individuals engaged in collaborative academic projects are advised to: (1) understand the basic academic practices and legal rules that govern the sharing of ownership and authorship rights; (2) be aware of the social and economic contexts that foster conflict over these rights; and, most importantly, (3) reach written agreement on how rights are to be assigned "before commencing collaborative work."
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Support Staff; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT)
Identifiers - Location: Canada