Copyright protection is variously applied under the following conditions of effort:
- Individual - If materials are produced largely for individual effort with no significant use of Institute personnel or facilities (other than libraries or computing facilities) and outside of the terms of a contract or grant, the individual owns the copyright.
- Institute-assigned - If the Institute assigns the employee the task of producing specific materials, the copyright is held by the Institute. The Institute may share or designate the copyright to the individual to encourage development of copyrightable materials.
- Sponsor-supported - The specific terms of a contract or grant shall determine the assignment of copyright when creative work is supported, even partially, by an outside agency of grant.
More Information from Rensselaer Copyright Law Highlights and "Fair Use" Guidelines