Copyright is hugely important because it protects you from other people who may try to reuse, adapt, or sell your work without getting the proper authorization or paying royalty fees. However, it works both ways: Stevenson University and our IR must also abide by any copyrights that govern the publication of your work.
Here are some situations where it's probably fine to go ahead and upload your work:
Here are some situations where you might need to do a little investigation before uploading the document:
Before you upload anything to Stevenson Scholar Exchange, you must hold the rights or have received permission from the copyright holder. This includes permission to quote, remix, sample, or reinterpret content that is currently under copyright. It is your responsibility to verify that you have the right to upload the item to Stevenson Scholar Exchange, and you accept the responsibility for any violation of those rights.
Check the license agreement that you signed with the publisher. There should be a section that discusses the rights you retained. It may say something about having the right to "self-archive" on your own website, your institution's website, or your institution's repository.
You may also have negotiated to retain your copyright even though it wasn't part of the original agreement. In this case, the publisher should have signed or sent you a written addendum to the publishing agreement that explicitly lists your rights.
If you self-published with a service like Amazon, you would hold the rights to your own work.
If you are not sure about the copyright status of your work, please contact a librarian and we will be happy to help you figure out whether the piece can go in Stevenson Scholar Exchange.
Legally, we cannot upload a piece of work if you do not hold the copyright. However, we can create an entry in Stevenson Scholar Exchange and include a link to the publisher's website, so that readers can find and purchase the work. This may be especially helpful if you've published fiction, which in most cases cannot be hosted in its entirety on your (or any) website.
We want Stevenson Scholar Exchange to bring together as many publications from as many community members as possible, so even if we can't upload a copy, we still want to celebrate your work.
In the future, you may be able to negotiate the right to retain your copyright and post a copy of your work on your website or in an online archive or repository. Here are some tips and suggestions:
You may have written something but never formally published it, such as:
In these cases, as long as you have never entered into a publishing agreement with any company or person, you have the rights to your work and may upload it to Stevenson Scholar Exchange. If your piece has co-authors, make sure they also agree to you uploading the work.