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Rights Granted to Copyright Holders
What are the entitlements granted to a copyright owner? The right to:
Reproduce the work
Distribute (publish/sell) copies of the work
Prepare derivative works (translations, audio version of a book, etc.)
Perform (recite, act, play) the work
Display the work
License any of the above to 3rd parties
Give copyright away entirely
These rights are exclusive to the author/creator of a work until and unless those rights are assigned or transferred (for example, in a publishing agreement).
Publication agreements commonly require authors to assign their entire copyright over to the publisher in exchange for publishing their work.
If an author exclusively transfers all of the copyright in a work to a publisher, then the publisher owns the work. The author may not be able to reuse the work without permission or grant permission for others to use the work.
Consider granting a publisher a non-exclusive right to the work (e.g. for first publication). This allows the author to retain copyright in the work (and the entitlements).
Online resource that aggregates and analyzes publisher open access policies from around the world and provides summaries of self-archiving permissions and conditions of rights given to authors on a journal-by-journal basis.