Intellectual Property Rights and Licences

Some software produced in CISC 499 is valuable enough over long enough a time period that intellectual property rights in the software are an important consideration. The Queen's default policy on IP is that it belongs to the creators, which by default would be seen to be the students. However, with CISC 499, the supervisor or supervisors invest sufficient time and energy into the project that the need some share in the property rights. When you sign a Project Acceptance Form, one of the things you clarify is what rights and licences apply to the software.

Some projects may require an open source licence, either because it is part of an existing open-source project, or because the supervisors are part of a larger project involving others with whom the software must be shared. If so, specify the licence on the form. If not, write N/A or Not Applicable.

Questions? Contact the course coordinator.
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