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Copyright: Author Rights

Copley Library is committed to helping the USD community understand and use copyright regulations in their scholarship and teaching. In this guide, you'll find resources on fair use, copyright for authors, information on using images and media, and more.

Retaining Your Rights When Publishing

Many traditional academic journal publishers require a transfer copyright agreement to publish articles in their journals. Signing one of these agreements typically means ceding your copyright to the publisher. You may lose the right to post your published article on your website, distribute it to students in your classes, include it in an anthology, or create new works based on it. You can find examples of copyright transfer agreements in the box below.

You can negotiate with publishers to retain some of these rights. One of the easiest and most common ways to do this is through an addendum to your publishing contract. An addendum enables you to retain your rights when publishing.

Visit the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) Author Addendum page to learn more about your rights as an author. 

Understanding Rights Reversion: When, Why, & How to Regain Copyright and Make Your Book More Available 

This guide for authors outlines how to regain the rights to a book you have published in order to increase access to it. 
© 2015 Authors Alliance, CC BY 4.0
Nicole Cabrera, Jordyn Ostroff, Brianna Schofield: Samuelson Law, Technology, and Public Policy Clinic

Build an Addendum to Your Copyright Transfer Agreement

Use Your Rights and Expand Your Reach as an Author

If you've retained some of your rights as an author, such as the right to deposit your work in an online archive, contact the library to have your work included in Digital USD, USD's institutional repository. Your work will be openly accessible worldwide, and you will receive regular analytic reports on who is viewing and downloading your scholarship.

Understanding Termination of Transfer