Intellectual Property Issues arising from Science/Engineering to Art/Design Collaborations

Coordinators: Roger Malina, Audrey Pic and Robert Thill
Developed in partnership with Arts Active, the international network
of art-science residency programs:

Christian Jacquemin, France
Pamela Jennings, USA
Arantxa Mendiharat, Spain
Gunalan Nadarajan, USA
Vicki Sowry, Australia
Victoria Vesna, USA

Open invitation : if you would like to be involved in the development of this white paper contact rmalina(at)
We are also calling for volunteers who would be interested in volunteering time to organize and develop this white paper.

Science, Engineering, Arts, Design and the Humanities have developed significantly different approaches for addressing intellectual property, author rights, and sponsor rights in inventions and creations. Sometimes these can lead to obstacles to information sharing Science/Engineering to Art/Design Collaborations, but also disputes and other impediments. Issues include credit attribution that can be important not only in commercial applications, but also in criteria for promotion of individuals within their organisations.
In addition e-culture is driving new and rapidly evolving IP systems, but also the new ethos of open source often recontextualises the way that collaborations are carried out. Issues of privacy and confidentiality can introduce other impediments to SE-AD collaborations.
In this white paper we will:
a) Carry out a meta-analysis of suggested actions and recommendations concerning IP that have been made in prior reports that are in the SEAD report inventory ( Recommendations from previous reports concerning IP are aggregated at ( URL to be provided)

b) Point to existing on line resources concerning IP that can be used to guide collaborations involving bridging science/engineering to art/design/humanities ( resources URL to be provided).

c) Accumulate case studies that illustrate the obstacles faced by collaborators. We are particularly interested in a variety of institutional contexts and international contexts. Case studies will be posted at (URL to be determined).

d) Accumulate relevant references re IP issues to be included in the White Paper Bibliography:

e) Propose suggested actions not only to researchers and artists and designers but also to their institutional and other partners including funders.

We intent to publish the report in the open literature.