Copyright and Intellectual Property Policies

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The following provides general policies and guidelines about copyright and intellectual property in relationship to SOAR. If you have a question that you do not see answered here, please contact Susan Matveyeva, SOAR Coordinator. 

If you hold copyright:

If you hold copyright over an item deposited in SOAR you retain that copyright. All copyright holders must agree to a non-exclusive distribution and preservation license that allows us to disseminate the deposited work over the web and make copies of that work for preservation purposes. The copyright holder may distribute or formally publish their work in the same or different form without obtaining permission or notifying SOAR staff. The SOAR page will explicitly state that the deposited work is protected by copyright.  SOAR does not seek or claim copyright on any deposited works, nor does it seek revenue from deposited works.

SOAR will be working towards noting when a work is made available with a Creative Commons license. Authors that wish to consider setting conditions on re-use (outside of fair use) of their materials may wish to see http://creativecommons.org/about/licenses/meet-the-licensess and the Creative Commons copyright license program. Currently, all items in SOAR are under copyright with all rights reserved.

If you do deposit this material into SOAR, you must agree to the terms in the non-exclusive distribution license for SOAR. This allows us to disseminate the deposited work over the web and make copies of that work for preservation purposes.

Depositing your work in SOAR automatically provides a time and date stamp that will verify your expression of an idea or document your research at a given point in time.

If you have signed copyrights over to a third party:

If you have signed over your copyright to a publisher or other third party, you may still be able to deposit that work into SOAR.

More and more publishers, whether commercial or non-profit, will permit the deposit of a pre-print or a post-print online and include this permission into their copyright agreement with authors. If you would like to know what your publisher permits, visit the Sherpa Web site at t http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo.php and search or browse for the name of your publisher. If your publisher is not listed in the Sherpa database, SOAR staff would be happy to help you investigate this issue with your publisher. When you publish you can also negotiate to submit your work to SOAR . SPARC offers useful resources for authors on copyright issues at http://www.arl.org/sparc/resources/copy.html.  Susan Matveyeva, SOAR Coordinator, is happy to discuss these issues as well.

If you do deposit this material into SOAR, you must agree to the terms in the non-exclusive distribution license for SOAR. This allows us to disseminate the deposited work over the web and make copies of that work for preservation purposes.

If there are specific conditions that the copyright holder makes for the deposit of the material (for example, that it must include the citation information or must be embargoed for a specific period of time) please contact Susan Matveyeva, by e-mail to susan.matveyeva@wichita.edu or by phone at 316-978-5139.

If the Wichita State University holds copyright:

In some cases  the copyright to your work may be held by the Wichita State University.  For example, if the author is an academic professional at the University, then the University typically owns the copyright. For the cases where the University owns the copyright, it is not feasible or advisable for authors to request permission to deposit from the Board of Trustees for every work. SOAR requests that the author determines whether or not the work is appropriate for deposit by contacting the head of the unit where the work was created and asking for permission. For example, in a laboratory, a research scientist may wish to ask the head of the center or academic unit whether deposit is appropriate.

If you do deposit this material into SOAR, you must agree to the terms in the non-exclusive distribution license for SOAR. This allows us to disseminate the deposited work over the web and make copies of that work for preservation purposes.