What Does Copyright Ownership Mean to Me?

What Does Copyright Ownership Mean to Me?

Copyright Issues for Faculty

With more than 400,000 research papers published each year in the United States alone, it is clear college and university faculty today know a lot about what it means to “publish or perish.”  

But trouble can start when faculty members don’t know quite as much about the implications of their copyright decisions regarding their published materials.

What Does Copyright Ownership Mean to Me?, a Magna 20-Minute Mentor can help.

Learning Goals

The program presenter combines her legal expertise and academic background to help you learn what you need to know about copyright ownership.

As a faculty member, not only are you teaching, but you’re also creating intellectual property, such as:

  • Course materials
  • Presentations
  • Research projects and grants
  • Scholarly articles
  • Books

Your authorship of these materials entitles you to certain rights, but understanding and enforcing them is your responsibility.

After participating in this session, you’ll be able to:

  • Recognize what you do and do not have control over
  • Differentiate between what you do and do not own
  • Manage the necessary steps to preserve your copyright ownership

Topics Covered

In What Does Copyright Ownership Mean to Me?, the presenter gives you an overview of what copyright ownership is all about and how it affects college and university faculty.

With a concise and clear approach, the presenter explores the principal issues associated with copyright ownership in the academic world and walks you through key decision points.

She uses reality-based examples, such as a policy regarding distance education course materials and a sample publishing contract, to show you what you’ll need to look out for with your own work.

This session is so rich in specifics that you’ll feel more than confident in your ability to put your new knowledge to work.

You’ll learn:

  • The three factors that affect who has copyright ownership
  • The two conditions needed to make you and a colleague joint owners of intellectual property
  • The important differences and one singular similarity between free access and public domain
  • What joint owners can and can’t do independently


If publishing, developing course materials, participating in research projects, and making presentations are part of your job description, than What Does Copyright Ownership Mean to Me? is the professional development opportunity you’ve been looking for.

Whether you’re just starting your academic career, you’re a tenured professor with dozens of publications to your credit, or you’re somewhere in between, you’ll find this 20-Minute Mentor extremely useful.


In the competitive atmosphere of higher education today, faculty members are always under pressure to secure grants, publish, and build their reputations.

Don’t let your drive to make a name for yourself lead you into hasty and unfortunate decisions.

Learn how to do what’s right for you, your career, and your academic standing. Purchase this Magna 20-Minute Mentor today!

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