Sign-on-the-Dotted-Line or Negotiate: A Copyright Primer for Scholars

10 Pages Posted: 11 Jun 2007

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Shyam Sunder

Yale University - School of Management; Yale University - Cowles Foundation

Ann Okerson

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: March 27, 2007

Abstract

Scholars tend to sign, uncritically and without negotiation, the copyright transfer forms received from journal publishers. Many publishers - often but not always in the for-profit sector - make these copyright transfers so inclusive (transfer of all ownership and all rights for the duration of copyright), as to hinder broad dissemination of scholarly knowledge. The transfer (or license) form received from publishers should be viewed as no more than their initial proposal, which the authors can get changed with only minor effort. Model license and transfer forms that better preserve authors' rights are available to help ease the burden of negotiations.

Keywords: scholarship, copyright transfer, license, dissemination

JEL Classification: A00

Suggested Citation

Sunder, Shyam and Okerson, Ann, Sign-on-the-Dotted-Line or Negotiate: A Copyright Primer for Scholars (March 27, 2007). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=991946 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.991946

Shyam Sunder (Contact Author)

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Yale University - Cowles Foundation

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Ann Okerson

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