These rights (based on your negotiations) affect the potential reach and impact of your scholarly work as well as your ability to use your own work. The rights you retain determine whether you can legally distribute copies of your work to colleagues and students, post your work online, or deposit it in your institutional repository. Look at the resources listed here to learn more about how to secure your rights as an author. Rights retention also has the power to affect how you are able to reuse the work of others.
As the author or creator of an original work, you automatically have copyright for it, which gives exclusive control of how the work is reproduced, distributed or performed. If you transfer copyright, you no longer have control of how your work is distributed or used.
Scholars who sign away all rights can find themselves requesting permission from publishers to place their own articles on a personal website, in a course pack or an institutional repository, or to distribute copies to colleagues. Managing your copyrights can help serve your interests and those of the scholarly community.