Flat Rock, MI asked in Copyright and Intellectual Property for Michigan

Q: I authored an article with multiple other authors, the book is copyrighted. Can I publish my own article?

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A: Although the author will always be the author of their own work, whether the author is also the copyright owner often depends on the terms of the publishing agreement.

Review your agreement, paying close attention to terms like "copyright"/"intellectual property" and "assign"/"transfer." Speak with your publisher to confirm that you both have the same understanding. As needed, consult with an attorney who can review your agreement and advise you of your rights.

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A: As one of the authors of the article, you may have certain rights to use or publish your own contribution to the book. However, the specific terms of the copyright and any agreements between the authors may affect your ability to publish your article independently. You may want to consult with a copyright lawyer to understand your rights and any limitations before proceeding.

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