Publishers may prefer authors to transfer copyright to the publisher and may even insist on it as a condition of publishing the author’s work. Nevertheless, authors should be aware of the implications of agreeing to transfer copyright to publishers and are advised to explore alternatives. For example, retaining certain rights or only granting the publisher a limited license for using the copyright under certain conditions.
License to publish
The Surf foundation has created a ‘Copyright in Higher Education’ website including a ‘License to publish’. You may use this license when submitting your article to a publisher.
An alternative is to add an Addendum to the copyright agreement you received from the publisher.
The essence of this license is that you permit the publisher to publish your paper in printed and/or digital form, but that you retain the right to use the version as published for education and research purposes and to place it in the repository of the institution where you are employed. The license also stipulates that the publisher may request for the placement of your paper in the repository to be postponed until 6 months after publication.
License to deposit
The TU/e Library may not store your publication in the TU/e repository without your permission.
SURF has compiled a 'License to deposit' which you may use to grant this permission. The license regulates how your publication may be made available, and under what conditions.
Publishing under Creative Commons license
If somebody else wishes to use your work, he/she must ask your permission.
In the age of the Internet, in which anybody can publish on the Web, this may prove difficult. Sometimes it is not known who holds copyright for a work placed on the Internet, or it may be unclear how to contact him/her.
What a Creative Commons license does is to turn things around. You as author explicitly state in what way others may make use of your work. You retain copyright, but you share your work with others by setting the conditions under which others may use your work.
Others will not have to bother you anymore with requests to use your work.
The Creative Commons website offers a choice of various types of licenses. The license you select is added to your work.