A guide to DigitalCommons@Molloy and the Molloy Faculty Profiles (Expert Gallery Suite).

Copyright: What are my rights, again?

Under U.S. federal law, the copyright holder has the following exclusive rights:

  •  The right to copy or reproduce the work in any format, whether digital or analog.
  • The right to make derivative works (all kinds of adaptations of the work, including translations, revisions, film versions of books, etc.).
  • The right to control the distribution of new (but not used) copies of the work.
  • The right to perform the work publicly.
  • The right to display the work publicly.

More information is available under the headings " Exclusive Rights in Copyrighted Works"  U.S. Copyright Code, 17 U.S.C. § 106, through the Legal Information Institute at Cornell University Law School.

Author's Rights

Copyright & Publishing Videos



Copyright & Publishing

In general, publishers require you to sign a Copyright Transfer Agreement. These agreements usually favor the publisher and not the author and will vary by publisher. The below resources can be utilized to help an author amend the standard agreement in order to retain key rights to their works.