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Copyright, Fair Use, & Author Rights: Authors - Keep Your Copyright!

Your Scholarship, Your Rights

“Be a responsible steward of your intellectual property. Retain vital rights for you and your readers while authorizing publishing activities that benefit everyone by making scholarship more widely available.”

— Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC)

What can authors do? Librarians are happy to help with the process!

  • Negotiate with the publishers to retain explicit ownership of your content (Author's 5 Basic Rights)
  • Transfer, via an author addendum, to the publisher only those rights needed for publication.
  • Specify other rights of particular value to you or your  home institution
  • Consider publishing with an organization that will facilitate the widest dissemination of your work in order to help you fulfill your personal and professional goals as a scholar.

Author Addenda to Copyright Agreements

Your Creative Commons License

About the licenses

Know Your Rights

Copyright holders retain 5 basic rights:

  1. Right to Reproduce
  2. Right to Prepare Derivative Works
  3. Right to Distribute
  4. Right to Display Publicly (related to artistic works)
  5. Right to Perform Publicly (related to musical or dramatic works)

What Could You Lose if You Sign Away Your Rights?

The right to:

  • Use your work in a course pack
  • Place copies on print or electronic reserves
  • Mount a copy on your web site
  • Deposit a copy in your institutional repository
  • Distribute a copy to colleagues

The [student] Fight for Fair Copyright