I forgot a few days ago to put up here a link
to my latest post on the RePEc blog, so here is a belated mention.
Academic authors are too often so glad that their paper has been accepted for publication in a journal that they readily give up all their rights to the publisher. This need not be, and authors can retain their rights with a few easy steps. Unfortunately, most authors do not realize they have such rights. So, spread the word and empower authors!
Christian, remember that authors cannot give up their rights, these have already been suspended from them by copyright. What authors hold is the privilege of suspending the public's right to copy (and the author's suspended right is included). Author's don't need to sell the privilege they hold.
So, the author could remain holder of the copyright and sell a non-exclusive license to the publisher, ideally a copyleft license. This would simulate the restoration of the author's right (and that of the public) to make copies and derivatives of the publisher's printed copies and derivatives.
Authors can chose not to give the copyright to publishers in the first place.
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