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5. What If...

Question:

Carlos writes a really good paper for his class. His professor encourages him to submit it to a journal for publication and it gets accepted. Who would own the copyright?

   

Answer

Carlos would own the copyright. According to the University of California Office of the President:

"A student work is a work produced by a registered student without the use of University funds (other than Student Financial Aid), that is produced outside any University employment, and is not a sponsored, contracted facilities, or commissioned work.

Ownership of copyrights to student works shall reside with the originator."

("University of California Policy on Copyright")