Copyright ownership in work created by UEA staff Copyright ownership in work created by UEA staff

Under Section 11 of the Copyright Designs and Patents Act the copyright in work produced by University employees in the course of their employment belongs to the employer unless there is agreement to the contrary.

UEA's Intellectual Property Regulations and the Staff Intellectual Property Guide set out the University's position with regard to the copyright in any original work created in the course of your employment. The Guide and Regulations should be read in full by all staff whose work requires them to create works which may be protected by copyright.

Key points are summarised below:

  • The University asserts its right to the copyright (and other intellectual property rights) in work created by employees in the course of their employment at UEA
  • The University waives the assertion of copyright ownership in academic articles and textbooks, unless required to do otherwise
  • The University asserts its right to ownership of copyright in course materials created by staff, however it will consider requests from former members of staff to reuse material they had created during their employment at UEA

What being a copyright owner means What being a copyright owner means

If you own the copyright in a work you have the exclusive right to:

  • make copies of that work
  • issue copies, rent or lend that work
  • perform, show, play or otherwise communicate the work in public
  • adapt the work, or do any of the above in relation to an adaptation of that work

Copyright enables the rights holder to prevent others from copying, adapting or reusing their work without permission.

The Intellectual Property Office has produced guidance on ownership of copyright works.

Commissioned work Commissioned work

The copyright in commissioned works initially resides with the author / creator of that work, rather than the person(s) commissioning the work. This is not considered to be work done in the course of employment. The author / creator can of course assign or license the rights they have in their work.