Scholarly communication involves complex dynamics among intellectual property, the economics of publishing, technological advances, legislative action, and the academic culture for research, publication, promotion, and tenure. A number of factors, especially the increasing commercialization of scholarly publishing and resulting dramatic increases in journal costs, have reduced access to essential research resources globally. Faculty members traditionally give away their copyrighted work to publishers and the university buys back the content at premium prices.
Fortunately, faculty now have options for retaining control of copyrights. The following web sites describe ways that researchers can manage intellectual property rights to increase access to their scholarly work.
- Copyright Information from UT Libraries
- University of Tennessee Office of the General Counsel Copyright Information
- University of Tennessee Board of Trustees Statement of Policy on Patents, Copyrights and Other Intellectual Property (revised June 19, 2003)
- Creative Commons Licenses
- University of Illinois: It’s Your Copyright... Until You Give It Away
- North Carolina State University: Retaining Rights to Use Your Work
- Know Your Copy Rights (Association of Research Libraries)
- University of Wisconsin: Control Your Copyright
- University of Pennsylvania: Winning Independence, Penn’s Copyright Policy
- Cornell University: Transforming... Copyright Management
- The Illustrated Story of Copyright by Edward Samuels