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Author's Rights & Publishing Agreements: Author's Rights

This workshop will help authors gain information about the rights to their works and what to look for in publishing agreements.

What copyrights does an author have?

An individual has rights to the intellectual or creative works they produce.  As an author, you own the rights to your work from the moment that work takes on some fixed form, until or unless the rights are transferred to another entity. Traditional publishing contracts often assign copyright to the publisher, thus limiting how and where the work can be used and distributed in the future. If this happens, authors may be restricted from incorporating this work into their teaching and research, posting it to a website, or in an Instituational repository or digital collection. 

The purpose of this page is to provide information about author's rights and to provide additional resources for further information.

Blogs on Author Rights

Relevant U.S. Code

Legal Disclaimer

This guide is designed to share information on copyright and related topics. This guide does not supply legal advice nor is it intended to replace the advice of legal counsel.

Author's rights: An explanation

Here's a brief explanation of how your rights as an author may be impacted by publication

How can I not own the copyright to my work?

This article describes one person's experience with rights.

Creative Commons License Generator

Creative Commons allows authors to customize how they want to dessiminate their work to the world - Click here to find out more!


Scholarly Communications Team