Piotrkowska ASP Gallery, Strzemiński Academy of Art Łódź, author: This Way Design
There are two categories of copyrights: moral rights and economic rights. Moral rights are inalienable, thus always belong to the author. The situation with economic rights is more complicated. According to the Polish law, it is the employing institution that has the priority to publish a piece of work of an employee who has produced it as a result of his or her work duties. Still, the author has the right to financial benefits.
Recording Studio, Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz, author: Anna Niemiec-Mościcka
If the institution does not sign a relevant contract with the author within 6 months from the moment of delivering the piece of work or if it has not been published within 2 years from the date of receiving, the author has the right to decide on how and where his/her work will be published. The employer (scientific institution) has the right to use the produced results free-of-charge and to make them available to other scientists for the purpose of their research or teaching if it results from the agreed purpose of the piece of work or it has been provided in the contract.
As far as scientific research results are concerned, it all depends on the content of the employment contract. Therefore, it is so important to read the contract that you sign, paying special attention to the issues concerning copyrights of your work.