Unless the work is already subject to another copyright license, submitters have the opportunity to define how their submission can be used through a Creative Commons license, standard Canadian copyright, or by releasing their work to the public domain.
1. Creative Commons (recommended)
A Creative Commons license identifies you as the author/creator of your work and lets you define how others may reuses, share, or adapt your work.
2. Standard copyright
This option means permitted uses are determined by standard Canadian copyright legislation.
3. CC0 (public domain)
A Creative Commons Universal Public Domain Dedication (CC0 1.0 Universal) is a "no rights reserved" license what waives (forfeits) your copyrights worldwide, immediately releasing your work into the public domain.
Why do we recommend a Creative Commons license?
A Creative Commons license is a a simple, standardized way to define the permissions for how your work is used and shared. The license defines how your work can be used, shared, adapted, and protected. The idea is that by defining these terms in advance you increase access to your submission and make them available for use in research and public engagement.
Those submitting research to a journal, monograph, or other publication are encouraged to maintain their author rights and copyright over their work. This can be determined by the publishers terms, or through the use of an author's addendum. Start by consulting the author rights information curated by the Canadian Association of Research Libraries, then contact your subject specialist for more details.
Generally submitting your work to the repository does not impact the copyright status of the work itself since copyright to submitted works remains with the copyright holder. As with other forms of publishing, it is the primary responsibility of the submitter to ensure you have permission to submit, including permission to use accompanying works, images, tables, figures, recordings, or any other third-party material that has been incorporated into a work. MRU community members may consult with the Copyright Advisor to discuss and clarify permissions in cases where the ownership of copyright is unclear.
Ideally submitters should consult their author publication agreements to determine who holds the copyright and and rules or restrictions around archiving in the repository. These should be provided to the author by the journal/publisher. SHERPA/RoMEO is a useful lookup tool providing a database of journal publishers’ copyright agreements.
For published articles, generally these restrictions will apply to different versions of an article:
There is no central search tool to lookup book publishers’ agreements, so submitters should consult their own publication agreements to determine if archiving in the repository is possible. In some cases it may be necessary to contact the publisher directly to obtain appropriate permissions. The Library can help with this.
Copyright permissions for multimedia vary greatly, particularly if they also incorporate third-party audio or visual works. We recommend ensuring that all elements of your multimedia have clear copyright permissions before submitting. The Copyright Advisor can provide guidance.
In some cases submissions may be restricted from public access due to publisher embargo, privacy protection, copyright concerns, or the express wishes of the copyright holder. Please contact us to setup embargoes or access restrictions on your submissions.
You may need to secure or confirm permissions for items being submitted. These permissions should ideally be in writing or be available for independent review by the university Copyright Advisor. The most common scenarios for this are when: