Scholarly Publishing & Open Access: Copyright
Your Rights as Author
You earn a copyright in your scholarly writing or other project as soon as you create it. This includes the right to:
make copies of your work
make derivatives based on your work
distribute copies of your work to the public
publicly perform and display your work
in case of sound recordings, perform your work publicly by means of a digital audio transmission
Negotiating with Your Journal
Some publishers allow you to use your work in certain ways, such as using it in your classroom or sharing it individually with other researchers.
Others will allow you to post a version of your article - usually the one you submitted or that was accepted by the journal - on your personal website or in a digital repository.
Others will not grant you any rights.
Creative Commons is a not-for-profit group that created a series of six licenses that allow copyright owners to pick and choose which rights they want to grant to the public in their works. Creative Commons licenses work with copyright law and actually give copyright owners certain protections - the right to attribution - that copyright law generally does not.
Although each Creative Commons license includes legal language behind it, they're also represented by easy-to-read icons that include a mix of these symbols:
BY - Anyone who uses your work must give you attribution in the way you request but not in such a way to suggest endorsement.
NC - People are allowed to copy, distribute, display, perform, and modify your work in any way except for commercial profit.
SA - People are allowed to copy, distribute, display, perform, and modify your work so long as they distribute any modified work on the same terms you've licensed your work under.
ND - People are allowed to copy, distribute, display, and perform your work but are not allowed to modify it.
Information adapted from Creative Commons.