What are my rights when I publish ? CNRS – Directorate for Scientific and Technical Information (.pdf)

 » Publishing raises the question of rights, which is governed by the French Code of Intellectual Property.

To what extent and how does scientific publishing relate to copyright?
Copyright covers any original work like a scientific publication, conference and congress contributions and material, course materials, and also software programmes, images and films (Art. L112-2) [1].

What is behind author rights?
Copyright is twofold and comprises both economic rights and moral rights (L111-1) [1].
The moral rights are vested in the author and are perpetual, inalienable and imprescriptible
(L121-1 and L121-2) [1]. They provide for the authorship and integrity of the work. The economic rights govern the conditions of exploitation of the work and apply to the interactions between authors and those in charge of disseminating the work (publishers). Most of the time, this interaction is based on contracts between authors and publishers. This is why it is essential to read carefully a contract that will bind an author to the publisher before signing it. (…)

Open archives
Does posting my article in an open archive amount to publishing?
Definitely, deposits in open archives are acts of publication.
May I post the full text of my articles on my web page or in an open archive?
You must check if the contract with the publisher allows it by making a search about their publishing policy in Romeo [4], or in Heloise for French publishers [4]. Note that the consent of joint authors is required to be allowed to deposit an article in an Open Archive.
How can I notify the rights in my works I am willing to share?
Subject to the rights you have already assigned, you can manage the rights to your works through one of the six options provided by Creative Commons (CC) licences [5]. While conventional copyright provisions encourage to keep exclusive rights (all rights reserved), these licenses prompt to keep only a part of them (some rights reserved). This kind of licensing enables you to disseminate your works within the scientific community under certain conditions and to your preferences. (…) « 

Source > cnrs.fr/dist, juillet 2013