As an author, you are encouraged to take an active role in managing your copyrights. Copyright holders have the right to reproduce their work, prepare derivative works, distribute copies, and perform and display their work publicly. However, traditionally many publishers have required authors to transfer some or all of these rights in order to publish a journal article or book chapter. Publisher agreements may deprive an author of several rights - such as use of the work in the classroom without permission, reuse of the work in a future work, or the right to post the work on a personal website or institutional repository.
When working with a publisher, it’s important to:
What Options do I have to retain copyrights?
There are 3 basic options when dealing with publishers:
The use of a Creative Commons license allows you can grant permission up front allowing others to use your work in ways that you specify.
That depends. Original works that are fixed in a tangible form are automatically copyrighted. The work does not have to be registered or published with the copyright symbol to be protected. However, you cannot sue someone for copyright infringement or claim statutory damages if your work is not registered. In general, copyright registration is a legal formality intended to make a public record of a particular copyright.
You may register a work at any time while it is still in copyright. Registering is not difficult and can be done online. Visit the United States Copyright Office website for instructions and forms.
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