Copyright and Licensing

Copyrighted work is an essential part of day-to-day life on campus. Research, scholarship, instructional materials, software, and—in some cases—datasets are all examples of copyrighted work the campus community regularly creates, uses, and builds upon.

UC Davis follows a long tradition of respecting faculty and student ownership of the copyrights to most original works. In some cases, where the University has commissioned the work or, for faculty, where the work is not the product of “independent academic effort,” the University will instead be the copyright owner.

Knowing what you own is the first step toward effective management of your copyrights.

Learn more about copyright ownership policies from the University of California Copyright website, and from the UC Davis Office of Research Copyrights at UC Davis page.

For a list of known UC delegated authorities who may grant copyright licenses (among other things) pertaining to UC-owned copyrights within their respective jurisdictions, go to this UC Copyright Permissions page.

For Davis campus, see Using UC Davis’ Copyrights.