Publication or Creation of Materials



The Governing Board recognizes that District employees may create copyrightable materials at work, at home, or both at work and at home. The development of copyrightable materials during, or in part during, the work day shall be approved by the Superintendent or designee. However, the Superintendent or designee's approval or lack of approval shall not affect the District's ownership of copyrights for materials developed during work hours.

Materials written or developed by an employee during the normal school day are considered District property.

Materials developed during both school and leisure hours are owned jointly by the employee and the District. In such cases, the Superintendent or designee shall ensure that a contractual agreement is made, clarifying the joint ownership. A partnership entity may be created to hold the copyright on behalf of both parties.

The Board may secure copyrights in the name of the District for all copyrightable works developed by the District. All royalties or revenues from these copyrights shall be used for the benefit of the District.

The Board may market or license any non-educational mainframe electronic software developed by the District. Proceeds from this marketing or licensing shall be used exclusively for educational purposes.

Legal Reference:

Education Code
32360 Copyrights; use of funds
32361 Copyrights; use of employee work time
35170 Authority to secure copyrights
35182 Marketing or licensing non-educational mainframe electronic data-processing software
60076 Royalties or other compensation

Labor Code
2870-2872 Inventions made by an employee

United States Code, Title 17
201 Copyright Law
201(a) Copyright Law

First Reading: 2/14/01

Governing Board Adoption: 3/14/01

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