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Copyright is a form of Intellectual Property protection granted to “original works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression.” A copyright disclosure is similar to an invention disclosure except it asks for slightly different information. The South Dakota Board of Regents Intellectual Property policy generally allows authors to maintain ownership of their works of scholarship and creations of original art and literature. In most cases, these do not need to be disclosed. Where the Board has no ownership and you desire documentation of such, please contact the Technology Transfer Office for a written disclaimer of Board ownership.

There are a number of conditions under which disclosure of copyrightable works should occur:

  • The creator wishes to commercialize a work (e.g. software) created with substantial use of university resources
  • The work arose from research or scholarship funded under an agreement requiring public access
  • The work has been specifically commissioned by USD or another entity
  • The work has commercial value, and the creator does not wish to retain the responsibility to commercialize the work

More information regarding copyright is available on our Portal site; if you have any questions about how copyright works or whether a particular work should be disclosed, contact the Technology Transfer Office by email at or by phone at 605-658-3768.