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Pima County Community College District Board Policy

Board Policy Title: Copyright Ownership
Board Policy Number:  BP-2702
Adoption Date: 8/12/92
Revision Date(s):               
Sponsoring Unit/Department: 
Policy & Governance
Motion Number:  4977
Legal Reference: Copyright Act of 1976, as Amended, 17 U.S.C. Section 101 et seq.
Cross Reference:  BP-2701


To foster the free expression of ideas, to encourage the publication of scholarly and creative works on the part of its employees, and to protect Pima County Community College District's right to use works created by its employees and its ownership of works that it specially orders or commissions, the College shall:

  • subject to the conditions set forth in the enabling administrative regulations, disclaim its ownership of copyright in any copyrightable works prepared by College employees within the scope of their employment with the College (which ownership is provided under the work-for-hire provisions of the Copyright Act of 1976, as amended, 17 U.S.C. Sec. 101 et seq.), including, without limitation, works such as course outlines, tests and other course materials;
  • retain the right to an irrevocable, royalty-free, non-exclusive license to reproduce and use such works for its purposes, including distribution within the College and distribution outside of the College to fulfill its non-profit, educational mission, but excluding sale of or sublicense for profit; and
  • take such steps as are necessary and proper to secure for the College ownership of copyright in any specially ordered or commissioned copyrightable works.