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The information presented here is only general information. Legal advice must be provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship specifically with reference to all the facts of the particular situation under consideration. Such is not the case here, and accordingly, the information presented here must not be relied on as a substitute for obtaining legal advice from a licensed attorney. 

Legal matters concerning the College at Geneseo should be referred to SUNY Office of General Counsel.

Keeping or transferring your copyright

Authors retain copyright of their work, unless they transfer all or specific rights with an agreement, typically with publishers. Author transfer agreements are important opportunities to negotiate with your goals in mind.

Licensing your work for broader use


Authors who retain copyright can designate acceptable uses with Creative Commons licenses. These licenses clarify limitations and permissions for publication and use of your work.

Author contracts and author rights

It is important to know what rights you retain to your work after publication: Are you able to share a copy of your manuscript with friends? Can you legally post a copy on your webpage? The website SHERPA/RoMEO records author rights information for journals and publishers, allowing you to find out what rights you will have before you even submit the manuscript.