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Copyright, publishing contract, author, open access, open licenses, Creative Commons


A book contract establishes a partnership between a publisher and an author. The author offers their scholarly expertise and selected rights to the work while the publisher offers capital and expertise in copyediting, design, marketing, and rights management. In essence, the partnership is grounded in the exercise of specified rights.

This presentation covers the provisions of book publishing contracts related to US copyright law:

  • Copyright ownership
  • Copyright as a package of rights
  • Open access and open licenses
  • Contract termination

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This presentation was recorded for the Kraemer Copyright Conference 2023.

Please find the presentation slides as the main downloadable file.