The ScholarShip License

As an author, you retain copyright to your work by default. Many publication agreements include a transfer of copyright from the author to the publisher, but allow specific versions to be deposited. The ScholarShip will not knowingly violate copyright, and depositing works to The ScholarShip does not change anything about their copyright status. See the ScholarShip's Author's Rights page for further information about establishing the status of copyright.

East Carolina University needs to have authors approve a minimum level of rights transfer, but the agreement used by ScholarShip only asks for non-exclusive rights to keep the work, preserve it, and make it available on the Web. The term "non-exclusive" means that when you deposit a work in ScholarShip, you retain all of the copyrights to your work.

The intent of the following license agreement is to give us permission to post the material openly on the Web and to take the necessary steps to preserve the material (preserving the material might mean that the files will need to be converted to a different or newer version of a file format if the existing file format or the hardware/software needed to read it becomes obsolete).

Authors who submit their work to The ScholarShip retain the copyright to their work, unless they explicitly give it away (or have already assigned it) to a third party. We do not seek or claim copyright on any of the works submitted to The ScholarShip.

A non-exclusive distribution license means that authors may make other copies of their work available on other web sites or through other means without obtaining permission from administrators of The ScholarShip. They may also formally publish their work, in the same form or in a revised form, without obtaining permission from us. We charge no fee for archiving and making works available via the archive, nor do we collect any revenue from it.

The following paragraphs reproduce the text of the license agreement that authors must approve as part of the process of submitting material to The ScholarShip.

Scholarship Non-Exclusive Distribution License

In order for ScholarShip to reproduce, translate and distribute your submission worldwide, you must agree to the following terms.

The ScholarShip is an institutional digital repository of scholarly works developed by East Carolina University (ECU) and its faculty members and researchers. Its purpose is to gather, organize, and preserve these works in digital medium.

In order for ECU to accept your submission, your agreement to the following license is necessary. Please review the license terms. By granting the license and clicking the "Complete Submission" button below you represent, promise, agree to, and grant to ECU the following:

  • You represent that you are the copyright holder of the submission and/or you have the authority to grant the rights contained in this license. You also represent that your submission does not infringe upon anyone's copyright or other right;
  • You grant to ECU the right to deposit the work (your submission) in the ScholarShip for internal institutional noncommercial research and education purposes. This grant of rights is world-wide, royalty-free, non-exclusive, and perpetual.
  • You grant to ECU the right, without changing the content, to migrate one or more copies of the submission to any medium or format for security and preservation purposes.
  • You agree to release, hold harmless, and indemnify ECU and its officials, administrators, employees, and sponsors for any and all liability and claims of damages, demands, and actions whatsoever in any manner arising from your submission to the ScholarShip.
  • You agree that no royalties or other fees shall be paid to you for placement of the work in the ScholarShip and that your submission is voluntary.
  • If the submission is based upon work that has been sponsored or supported by an agency or organization other than ECU, you represent that you have fulfilled any right or review or other obligations required by such contract or agreement.
  • You agree that this agreement shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of the successors or assigns of the parties, that ECU may terminate this license at any time without notice, and that the interpretation and validity of this Agreement and the rights of the parties shall be governed by the laws of the State of North Carolina.

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