Why Copyright Matters:

Protecting Your Rights and Respecting Others'

Do unto others...

As researchers and educators, faculty and other academic personnel are interested in exercising their fair use rights in the course of their work. The University supports the exercise of fair use rights. At the same time, faculty members and the University of Chicago itself hold copyright in some published works, and have an interest in protecting those rights while supporting fair use of these copyrighted works.

When publishing work, authors should be aware that they may be able to retain rights when assigning copyright to a publisher. The retained rights will enable authors to continue using their publications in their academic work.

The CIC Author's Addendum can be used as a model contract addendum for retaining rights when negotiating with publishers.