How does adding material to the SPR affect copyright?

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Placing material in the Scholarly Publications Repository (SPR) will not alter previously existing copyright ownership status. Contributors to the SPR must represent that they either own or possess (perhaps through permission from the copyright holder, e.g., the publisher) all of the rights necessary to contribute the work.

In brief, an NCSU author has the right to post works in the repository if:

  • the author holds the copyright;
  • the publisher's policy allows it;
  • the publisher hold copyright and grants permission; or
  • the university shop right is invoked.


For further information see Guidelines for Determining Your Rights to Deposit Works in the NCSU Scholarly Publications Repository. You may also want to see the Non-exclusive license to which contributors must agree.


Last Edited: Feb 13, 2018

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