One of the reasons the Troubled Waters film hasn't made it to the public through sources outside of the University of Minnesota is that ownership of the film -- at least in terms of copyright and distribution rights -- appears to be unclear.
Officials at the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources, a legislative oversight body, say they have their attorneys looking into the matter.
"We've never had to claim ownership" of such a project under such circumstances, communications manager Mike Banker said.
There is a Minnesota statute related to royalties and copyrights of things paid for with trust money, but that seems to address the divvying up of royalties and other revenues, and not distribution rights.
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