What Do I Own?
The U.S. Copyright law defines several categories of copyright ownership including individual ownership, joint ownership and works made for hire. This legal scheme governs in the absence of any agreement or employer policy that may supercede, as a condition of employment.
Determining copyright ownership in any particular work of authorship requires understanding all of the above. What is LSU’s Copyright or Intellectual Property policy? When does a joint copyright arise and what are the ramifications? Who is an independent contractor? What about student works? All great questions – and you need to know the answers.