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Copyright, permissions, libel

copyright Copyright exists to protect intellectual property, but it carries with it responsibilities and it is important that case authors are aware of these.

Cases are protected by international copyright law. They may not be altered, copied, reproduced, faxed or emailed without the express permission of the copyright owner or his/her agent.

Who owns copyright?

In most instances, where a case is written by an employee in the course of his/her employment, it is the employer who retains copyright. If an employee desires the copyright in a case to be transferred to him/her, this is a private matter that he/she must resolve with his/her employer. However, royalties can only be paid by The Case Centre to member organisations. Please note that if copyright for an item is transferred to a non-member organisation or an individual it will not be eligible for royalties on any sales.

Authors, such as lecturers who also work as consultants, may have more than one employer or may have prepared a case outside the course of his/her employment. Such authors must reach written agreement with all employers on who retains copyright; this will usually be the institution at which most of the work on the case was carried out. The Case Centre requires copies of these agreements. Download a template


If the case is based upon other published material or is a reworking of a source, such as another case in The Case Centre's catalogue, this must be clearly referenced on the cover page of the case. Guidelines on academic conventions and bibliographic referencing

Case release

Finally, authors are required to gain permission from the subject organisation to release the finished case for distribution. 

Copyright and The Case Centre

Submitting a case to The Case Centre does not transfer copyright to The Case Centre, which acts as the agent of the copyright owner. The Case Centre accepts no liability for any infringement of copyright in materials it distributes or for any libellous material contained in a case. Responsibility for both rests solely with the submitting organisation or author, who will be required to indemnify The Case Centre for any losses incurred as a condition of case submission. The Case Centre's staff are always pleased to assist authors with all these issues.

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