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Author Rights and Copyright: Copyright


What is Copyright?

Copyright is automatically granted to the owner(s) of all original, created works, this includes scientific publications like journal articles and books.

All authors need to be aware that Copyright is composed of a number of rights which work together.

These Authors Rights include

  • the right to reproduce the work
  • the right to prepare derivative works based on the original
  • the right to distribute copies to the public
  • the right to perform the work publicly
  • the right to display the work publicly

Authors also need to be aware that

  • Copyright can only be transferred via a written agreement, such as a publishing agreement
  • Authors can license some, or all of their rights
  • Authors can offer amendments to any publishing agreement and negotiate with publishers to retain rights

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