Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)

Intellectual Property Rights are automatically assigned to researchers creating or generating original material in a fixed format (recorded audio, written). At McMaster, as set out in the Joint IP Policy, academic researchers and students own the copyright of any traditional academic material created by them. There exist exceptions with joint works and specific grants. For more information check out MILO, their policies, or contact their Copyright Officer.

In addition to being knowledgeable of the policies at your institution, be aware of those from your grant source. Some funding bodies will claim intellectual property ownership over the data, while others will not attach any.

Some data by nature is sensitive, confidential, or both. In RDM it is important to consider the ethics of sharing this data and incorporating secure sharing procedures for the data. Removing all personal identifiers is essential to share data of this nature.

Information on the Intellectual Property Policies at most Canadian universities can be found here.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 

Are my intellectual property rights modified when sharing data through a data centre?

When this data or information is shared through a data centre like Dataverse the researcher retains their copyright over the data, but licenses the centre to archive and provide access to the data.

Can I ethically share sensitive and confidential data?

Incorporating special measures into the research process can allow some sensitive and confidential research data to be shared. These measures include anonymizing data where possible to protect identities, incorporating provisions on data sharing into participant informed consent, and controlling access to the data.

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