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What does UNC-Charlotte's Copyright Policy say?
As previously indicated, determination of copyright ownership begins with the employment status of the employee and then, may proceed to kind of work involved (usually in the cases of Faculty or EPA Non-Faculty employees?
What does our Copyright Policy say about ownership of works created here?
Start with defining your relationship with UNC-Charlotte:
• Are you a Faculty member or EPA Non-Faculty employee?
• Are you an SPA employee?
• Are you a UNC-Charlotte student?
• Are you an independent contractor?
• Are unknown or multiple unknown authors the creators?
If a work is subject to both copyright and patent protection, §VI of the Copyright Policy confers the decision of whether to retain University patent rights and, therefore, to require the inventor/creator to assign copyright to the University, to the Office of Technology Transfer. Upon commercialization of such works, the inventor/creator is compensated only in accordance with the provisions of the UNC Patent Policy and the UNCC Patent Policy. The Office of Technology Transfer has the authority to initiate investigation whether a work reported to it may also be subject to patent protection.