Just about everything – from books to music and everything in between - is easy to access, download and post online. With memes and other intellectual commodities freely traversing the Internet, copyright laws are easily over-looked. Most people think of published articles, books, pictures and music when they consider media protected by copyright laws. But is there such a thing as survey copyright?
Does Copyright Law Apply to Surveys?
The short answer is yes. A great example of a copyrighted survey would be any one of the templated benchmarking survey products, owned by National Research Center, Inc. (NRC). These surveys are intellectual property created and administered by NRC, and thus we remain the copyright holders. Copyright protections apply to printed and digital surveys equally.
When you enroll in an NRC survey, a limited-time license to use that survey instrument is included. This gives you full rights to publish, promote, and disseminate the survey for the duration of the license. Once that license has expired, you will need to enroll with NRC to get a new license and conduct the survey.
What About Our Survey Results?
NRC owns the survey copyright privileges over all survey data. However, you maintain permission to use survey data and reports of your own results in perpetuity. Clients must adhere to our request to direct other interested parties to NRC for permission to use our data. This is to avoid use of NRC data or materials for others’ financial gain. NRC also respects the privacy of your data and will not distribute individual client or jurisdiction information to any third party without first receiving express permission to do so.
How does NRC comply with Copyright Law?
You’ll notice our website has a great deal of content - articles, videos, webinars, etc. We create our own content in-house, ensuring that we own the copyright privileges to it. When we post content created by others - only with permission or if we have purchased the rights to use that media - we include attribution whenever necessary. If we do not have permission to use a particular piece of media, we will not post it onto our website, which is why we generally do not use Internet memes.