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Online courses are created as a part of the faculty course developer’s University employment and is a work made for hire within the developer’s scope of employment. The University will retain the copyright to the course, including the right to copy, distribute, display, perform, transmit, publish, and sell the course throughout the world. See Washington State University’s Faculty Manual IV:H.2 (pdf), page 78. The University retains the right to use any and all elements of the course in future distance education course offerings.

The faculty developer will have the right to use the substantive content of the course, without further consent or approval from the University, in any scholarly or creative works that do not compete with the University’s use of the course. In particular, the developer will have the right to use the content in textbooks, journal articles, conference presentations, consulting projects, and other scholarly works or professional activities.