Do you know your rights as an author?

Publication agreements often require authors to give up all or many of their intellectual property rights as a condition of publication. This limits your ability as an author to legally distribute or reuse your work. However, understanding copyright and what options are available can help you negotiate with publishers to retain as many of your rights as possible.

Join Sarah O’Byrne, Copyright Officer, and Anne Pottier, Associate University Librarian, as we discuss issues like:

  • What should I be looking for in a publisher’s contract?
  • How do I make sure I don’t sign away my rights?
  • What Open Access options are available to me?
  • How does Creative Commons licensing fit in?
  • What is custom publishing?
  • What role can McMaster’s Institutional Repository play?

Date & Time: Wednesday December 4th: 3pm to 4:30pm
Location: The Great Hall, University Club 

Wine and cheese reception to follow.

RSVP to Anne Pottier at or call 905-525-9140, ext. 22410 by Friday November 29th at 3pm