Copyright is generally owned by the creator of the work.
The most notable exception to this rule is the case of works created by employees. If a work is created by an employee in the course of his or her employment, the employer owns the copyright in that work.
Copyright is a transferrable right. It can be bought, sold and transferred by contract. In academic publishing, copyright is often transferred from the creator to the publisher by contract. Copyright transfer for publication is a matter that can be negotiated.
Who owns copyright in works made by UNSW students?
UNSW students generally own copyright in their own works, including those works created for course credit or created to fulfil degree requirements.
UNSW postgraduate students own copyright in their research theses.
There are some exceptions these rules, and they can be found in the UNSW Intellectual Property Policy
Who owns copyright in works made by UNSW staff?
Ownership of copyright in materials created by UNSW staff is generally owned by UNSW if the materials were specifically commissioned or if the materials were created wholly or partially with UNSW resources.
Ownership of copyright in staff created materials is governed by the UNSW Intellectual Property Policy
The UNSW Intellectual Property Policy covers research outputs as well as all other works produced by UNSW academic and professional staff such as instructional materials, newsletters, policies and reports.