Who Owns My Course Materials?
Who owns the teaching materials an instructor has created when teaching a class at the University of Minnesota?
The University of Minnesota Regents Policy on Intellectual Property states that "[a] regular academic work product is owned by the creator and not the University." Course materials are usually "regular academic work products" if they have been created by an instructor in the course of her traditional teaching activities. If, however, the work is established in a written agreement to be a "specially commissioned work," the University may retain copyright ownership. For more information on ownership of your original works of authorship, see Owning Your Copyright.