Many journals and publishers require that a scholar sign copyrights to them, either partially or in full, when publishing work. Signing away copyrights often prevents authors from posting making free copies of their work on personal websites or electronic course reserves.
A Creative Commons engine for scholars that automatically generates addendums to attach to your publishing agreement, to help you maintain control over your own work.
About Author Rights
Author rights apply to your original works
You hold the copyright to your work as soon as
you put it onto paper, type it onto your computer screen, or fix it in some other media
(registration is not required)
You hold the copyright for your lifetime plus 70 years
Your copyright is inheritable, or you can sign
it over to another person or body
Author rights allow you to...
Reproduce your work (publish, make copies,
Create derivative works (edit or build upon an
existing piece of scholarship)
Distribute the work (publish, republish, give
away, sell, etc.)
Perform, display, or broadcast your work in
Receive attribution and build your reputation
Author rights are inheritable, separable,
Rights held from creation through the author’s
life plus 70 years
Each right listed above may be individually sold,
given away, or granted to another person or body under a non-exclusive license
All your rights may be given away
Subsequent rights holders may assign rights in
whatever way they choose
How to keep your author rights
publishing new articles, attach an addendum to publisher agreements so
that you can keep the rights to use and distribute your own works.
Visit the Scholar's Copyright Addendum Engine to create a quick and easy addendum for your negotiations with publishers.
When you sign away your copyright
You lose your rights under copyright (with some
fair use exceptions)
Current and future use of your work is completely
controlled by new rights holder (no moral rights for written works in US)
Your institution may not enjoy expanded rights
How to regain author rights for previously published works
sure you have the rights to re-use and re-distribute your own works in
classes and on ScholarWorks without copyright infringement:
Use the SHERPA/RoMEO
website to find a summary of permissions that are normally given as
part of each publisher’s copyright agreement. You can re-use your
materials (not the publisher's final copy) if the publisher has green
or gold status.
If your publisher does not have SHERPA/RoMEO
green or gold status, or if you'd like to use the published version of
your article, you can write to your publisher using a permission
request to the publisher. Any conditions from the permissions agreement
provided by the publisher must be honored. You can find template request letters here.
Open Access is an alternative to assigning
away your rights
Faculty and institutions across the country are creating
alternatives to exclusive publishing agreements so that scholarship is made more widely available to
the people who could benefit from it.