I believe that in this almost Byzantine arrangement, it's the local authority that would by default be considered (s.11(2) CDPA) to be the author of any work I do. Is this right? (FWIW, the standard terms they provide ask for an explicit assignment anyway.)
There are some potential conflicts of interest between the authority and the host - we are simultaneously a partner, a supplier and a competitor - so I don't entirely trust the authority to do the right thing once the placement is over, particularly since it's intended as a means to give the hosts a free probation rather than being task-focused. I have struck out two paragraphs of the standard terms regarding IP rights, and added a covering letter asking them to countersign this statement, in the second person as a continuation of the existing terms - is this enough to cover my back, does it go too far, or not far enough?
Thanks in advanceThe Authority disclaims any and all copyright and/or any other intellectual property interest in the work undertaken by you in the course of your employment. Additionally, the authority waives its rights under s.11(2) Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (c. 48) (as amended) to be identified as the author of any work produced by you capable of ownership, and affirms that this statement is an “agreement to the contrary” for the purposes of s.11(2).