MAA has long expected our members, and the broader mathematical sciences community, to use intellectual property generated through MAA committees and programs in responsible ways. This expectation led us to pay only modest attention to copyright assignment, apart from our official publications. However, the rapid changes in on-line exchange of information has led to substantive changes in copyright law, as well as challenges to traditional concepts of fair academic use of materials.
Under advice of legal counsel, MAA will now require that members serving on committees, task forces, or to otherwise contribute to MAA projects and publications, assign copyright of any work done through that committee to MAA. This will give MAA the means to control inappropriate use of intellectual property generated through Association activities. While in many cases, committee work may not lead to a product for which this agreement is relevant, having a uniform agreement in place makes this feasible to administer. The purpose of the agreement is to protect the valuable work of our volunteer professionals.
The text of the agreement is:
By accepting this appointment, I hereby completely, exclusively and irrevocably assign and agree to assign to MAA in perpetuity ownership of all of the copyrights (and all rights subsumed thereunder) in and to all of my contributions to the committee/project. I hereby grant, convey, assign, and set over unto MAA, its successors and assigns, on an exclusive basis, all of my right, title and interest in and to the copyrights in the Contributions, including, without limitation, copyrights and renewals and/or extensions thereof, for all territories of the world in perpetuity. Good and valuable consideration has been provided to me for the assignment of these rights. I also waive any and all rights of attribution and integrity with respect to MAA’s use of the Contributions. My status as "Author" of these contributions remains in place and is not affected by this assignment of ownership rights.