Copyright transfer agreement

 A legal document containing provisions for the conveyance of full or partial copyright from the rights owner to another party.

A legal document containing provisions for the conveyance of full or partial copyright from the rights owner to another party. It is similar to contracts signed between authors and publishers but does not normally involve the payment of remuneration or royalties. Such agreements are a key element of subscription-based academic publishing, and have been said to facilitate the handling of copyright-based permissions in print-only publishing. In the age of electronic communication, the benefits of copyright transfer agreements have been questioned, and while they remain the norm, open licenses as used in open access publishing have been established as an alternative.

Synonyms: n/a

Acronym: CTA

Related Terms: Copyright ownership (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/ownership-of-copyright-works)

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