Who owns copyright?

You own copyright in your own original work, with some exceptions:

  • If your research is externally funded, you might not own copyright in materials produced as a result of that research. The terms of the research contract will set out who owns copyright in the work produced.
  • You might give copyright in your work to a publisher.
  • The University owns copyright to some types of work.

Joint ownership

When you jointly create a work with other authors you all own the copyright. For it to be a work of joint authorship, the contribution of each author is not distinct from the others. You need written permission of your co-author(s) to copy or publish that work.