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Faculty Rights Tip: Intellectual property rights and online course materials

As you may recall from a recent tip, Article 39 of our Collective Bargaining Agreement covers faculty intellectual property rights. The article assures faculty retain the rights to materials they create, as long as there is no “extraordinary University support” in creating those materials.

Article 39.3 further stipulates that:

“… Unless there is a separate agreement to the contrary, consistent with this Article, neither the CSU nor third party providers are entitled to grant licenses or make assignments with respect to such materials to publishers and publishing agents, or any third party.”

If the University has offered you a written agreement to develop special online course materials and you are concerned about your intellectual property rights under such an agreement, we urge you to contact your CFA Chapter Representative before finalizing such that agreement.

If you have questions about faculty rights, contact your campus CFA faculty rights representative or your campus CFA Field Representative.

Browse the faculty contract.

See previous Faculty Rights Tips on a range of topics in our contract.

If you have questions about a Faculty Rights Tip or would like to suggest a tip, please write us a cfa@calfac.org with the subject line “Faculty Rights Tip.”

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