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For more information regarding author's rights, please contact:
Mary Ann McMenamin, Copyright & Compliance Officer
Creative Commons: Wanna work together?
Know your rights. Protect your rights.
Copyright law gives the creator of copyrighted works exclusive rights, including the right to:
- reproduce the work in copies (e.g., through photocopying)
- distribute copies of the work;
- prepare translations or other derivative works
- perform or display the work publicly
- authorize others to exercise any of these rights.
Your works are protected by copyright as soon as you fix them in a tangible medium, including electronic media. When you write an article for a scholarly journal, you are typically asked to sign a publication agreement or a copyright transfer agreement. The purpose of this document is to transfer your ownership of copyright to the publisher.
Copyright is a bundle or package of the rights cited above. You can “unbundle” these rights and transfer only some of them to publishers. For example:
- You can transfer ownership of the copyright, but retain the right to do certain things such as include articles in course packs, or place articles on a personal web site or an institutional repository.
- You can retain ownership of the copyright and grant a non-exclusive license to the publisher, typically for the right of first formal publication.
Templates for Author Rights