Intellectual property rights

Questioner: Faculty Enhancement Committee

Posted to: John Delaney, UNF President &  Earl Traynham, Interim Provost

“Could someone in the administration clarify intellectual property rights as related to course development – online, hybrid, and face-to-face – online instruction, and creative content?   Also, with regard to intellectual property rights for 9-month faculty?  Also, address the relationship between those who teach during the summer and those who do not?”

Response from Earl Traynham, Interim Provost:

“I think really a forum is the best way to deal with this particular topic, because it is a complex issue.  There is collective bargaining language already that addresses this issue, maybe in a too-simplistic way.  And it’s kind of a hot-button issue.  My own personal opinion is that it is an issue in which there’s probably more smoke than fire – that it’s really not as much of an issue, crucially, as sometimes we’re making it.  So I think that that might be the best way to deal with this.  You can be sure that it is an issue that’s going to be addressed in the upcoming bargaining, to try to reach some clarification about intellectual property rights.  But probably a forum would be a very good way to deal with that.”

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