Right To Publish
Holding copyright makes it easier for a publisher to ensure maximum international protection against infringement. It also ensures that requests by third parties to reprint a contribution or part of it are handled efficiently and in accordance with a general policy that encourages the dissemination of knowledge.
It is the policy of many publishers to require transfer of copyright in order to protect the interests of the publisher or the Learned Society they belong to. Transferring copyright may in some circumstances also protect the interests of the author and at the same time facilitate reuse of the material by others. By requesting copyright transfer the publisher assumes certain responsibilities which should be understood. At the same time publishers recognise the need to ensure that authors have a say in how their works are used and the need to foster broad dissemination of scientific literature while protecting the validity of the publication system.
Normally a publisher has a world-wide right to publish in other media, in other formats, in other languages, including formats readable by the visually impaired, the right to give third-party permission and the right to enter into agreements with reproduction rights organisations for the collective licensing of rights.