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Ownership of Student Work
- When a student submits work which is eligible for copyright* to the University, as a requirement of an academic program, the University acknowledges the student's sole copyright ownership with the following conditions:
- The physical document (thesis, research paper, work term report, examination answer paper and such) submitted to the University by a student becomes the property of the University.
- With the exception of examination answer papers, the University receives a non-exclusive royalty-free licence to:
- circulate the work as part of the University
- make copies or representations of the work
for academic purposes within the University;
- make copies of a thesis deposited in the University Library at the request of other universities or bona fide individuals or institutions;
- microfilm the work and submit the microfilm to the National Library of Canada;
- publish the abstract of any work which is a student thesis.
- Computer programs written or partially written by a student in support of a project, thesis, or other original work, may have potential value as a marketable intellectual property. The University acknowledges the student's ownership rights in the same manner as for other copyright material, with the following exceptions:
- Students may be participating in software development as part of a process of research and development within a research group or department. In such circumstances, students may be asked to sign a waiver or assignment of software rights to the University, or to the supervising faculty member or research group.
- The University assumes a non-exclusive, paid-up, royalty-free licence to use, for the University's administration, education and research activities, all software written using University facilities or written in support of academic work at the University. This license does not include the right to sublicense the software to third parties for commercial purposes, but may be extended in this sense by means of a written agreement between the student and the University.
- Students acquire no rights to software written under supervision in the course of employment by the University, for example as a research assistant or during a co-op work term. In cases where students are employed by faculty, or by recognized research groups, they should inquire into the software policy of that particular professor or group involved before undertaking extensive software development.
* In Canada, there are no formalities required to copyright original work. The author is the immediate owner of the copyright in the original work, except in certain cases where he or she is under an employment contract.
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