Copyright questions can arise in a variety of contexts. Your department may be developing student or faculty projects, where ownership and rights issues could be present. Your department may retain vendors to prepare creative content for the University. The ability to use technology and create multimedia works also implicates copyright issues. Please contact our Office as you begin planning these projects.
"Fair Use" is an exception to copyright law which may apply in certain situations.
University's name and/or logo usage for projects, ventures, and websites
Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDA)
You may be presented with or want to enter into a non-disclosure or confidentiality agreement for a variety of reasons and situations. As a general rule, if you are acting in your capacity as a Northeastern employee, you should not sign such an agreement without first consulting the Office of the General Counsel. An NDA is a contract, and therefore it must be reviewed by the Office of the General Counsel and signed by an authorized University signatory. If the non-disclosure agreement involves research or potential cooperation with any party in the field of research, the Office of the General Counsel will consult with the Office of Research Administration and Finance.
Process for documenting your invention
Fill out an invention disclosure form at least two weeks before your publication date. If you have any questions regarding this form, please contact Janet Faulkner, Senior Assistant General Counsel.
The University's Copyright Officer is Hillary Corbett. Hillary is the University's Scholarly Communication Librarian, and works at Snell Library. Hillary addresses copyright questions regarding the Library, academic resources and academic theses, and other projects. Hillary also works collaboratively with our Office on copyright questions and presentations. You may contact Hillary at (617) 373-2352 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Assistance with Course Reserves
Assistance with Media Creation
Faculty and staff with questions about intellectual property issues can contact Janet Faulkner, Senior Assistant General Counsel, Matt McIntyre, Assistant General Counsel, or call the Office of the General Counsel, (617) 373-2157.
For assistance with issues related to photo, video, or other creative or multimedia projects, please consult the Photo/Video toolkit.