How far can you get from Creative Commons?

We just received the copyright form for the book on education in virtual worlds that we are editing with Kieron Sheehy. They want it back today.

I’m just wondering whether this wholesale transfer of rights and copyright is the norm. More importantly, I’m wondering how it ever got to be the norm – and how we stop it being the norm.

‘1. I affirm that the material has not been previously published and that I (and my coauthors) own and have not transferred elsewhere any rights to the abstract.

‘2. I affirm that I (and my coauthors) have obtained written permission to use any previously copyrighted material included in the article/chapter and that such documentation will be forwarded to NOVA simultaneously with the article/chapter. I further affirm that I (and my coauthors) have stated any possible conflicts of interest within the article/chapter.

‘3. I (and my coauthors) hereby assign and transfer to NOVA all rights of copyright ownership and permissions to the article/chapter, including without limitation or restriction, all rights of reproduction, derivation, distribution, sale, reuse, and display of the work, in whole or in part, including recompilation and stand-alone publication, in any and all forms of media now or hereafter known, including all electronic and digital media, as protected by the laws of the United States and foreign countries and to authorize others to make such uses of the work. These rights will become the property of NOVA from the date of acceptance of the article/chapter for publication and extend for the life of the copyright. I understand that NOVA, as copyright owner, has authority to grant permission to reproduce the article/chapter.’

[posted by Rebecca]

About Rebecca

I am a research fellow at The Open University. My research interests focus on how people learn together online and in blended environments, and I have studied blogs, online conference and interaction in both Second Life and Teen Second Life.
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