Sample Copyright Agreement
I. Amending Publisher Agreement
Sometimes changing a few words (exclusive to non-exclusive,
for example) or substituting language for a particular section may
be all that is needed. In many instances, publishers will accept the
Grant a license to the Publisher (Option 1):
Many publishers offer authors the option of retaining copyright. All they require is a licence in order to publish the work. If a licence is not available, you can try creating one:
The original contract
The author transfers exclusively to the publisher
copyright (including all rights thereunder) in the work for the
duration of copyright and all extensions and renewals thereof, in
all languages, throughout the world, and in any form or medium now
known or hereafter developed.
Cross out the above and substitute the following
The author grants to the Publisher exclusive first
publication rights in the Work, and further grants a non-exclusive
license for other uses of the Work for the duration of its copyright
in all languages, throughout the world, in all media. The Publisher
shall include a notice in the Work saying "© [Author's
Name]. Readers of this article may copy it without the copyright
owner's permission, if the author and publisher are acknowledged
in the copy and copy is used for educational, not-for-profit purposes."
might want to include other elements important to you, such as a deadline
by which the publication must appear.
Transfer copyright but reserve some rights (Option 2)
If you decide you
are willing to transfer your copyright but wish to retain certain
rights for yourself, strikeout or modify any language that grants
exclusive rights to the publisher. Alternatively, a simple solution is to use the Scholars Copyright Addendum Engine. The Engine gives you several options from which to select and then will generate a PDF contract addendum that you can print out and submit to the publisher.