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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.
Know Your Rights
Copyright holders retain 5 basic rights:
- Right to Reproduce
- Right to Prepare Derivative Works
- Right to Distribute
- Right to Display Publicly (related to artistic works)
- 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
Author Addenda to Copyright Agreements & Model Agreements
Permission template letters
Authors Alliance - Support and Resources for Authors
The [student] Fight for Fair Copyright
Your Creative Commons License