Must a Contractor Place a Copyright Notice or Acknowledgement of the Governments Rights and Sponsorship on a Work Produced Under Government Contract?
Yes, the FAR requires that any contractor claiming copyright ownership to material first produced under a FAR contract affix the copyright notice and acknowledgement of government sponsorship (including the contract number) on all copies delivered to the Government, on all published copies, and on all copies deposited with the U.S. Copyright Office (See FAR 27.404(f)(1)(v)106), although the Copyright Law has no copyright notice requirement for works created on or after March 1, 1989. If these notices are not affixed, the Government has unlimited rights. See FAQ Section 4.3 for an example of a copyright statement for use with works created under civilian agency and NASA contracts. Under the DFARS, a copyright notice is not required. (See DFARS 252.227-7013(f) and 252.227-7014(f)107.
- If the contractor assigns his copyright in scientific and technical articles produced under a Government contract to a publisher, what rights does the Government had in the article?
- Must a Contractor Place a Copyright Notice or Acknowledgement of the Governments Rights and Sponsorship on a Work Produced Under Government Contract?
- If the Contractor is Allowed to Assert Copyright in a Work Produced Under a Government Contract, What Rights Does the Government Have?