Copyright, a form of intellectual property law, protects original works of authorship including literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works, such as poetry, novels, movies, songs, computer software, and architecture. Copyright does not protect facts, ideas, systems, or methods of operation, although it may protect the way these things are expressed. See Circular 1, Copyright Basics, section "What Works Are Protected", see http://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ01.pdf
Like many other scientific publishers, the MacroWorld Publishing requires authors or their employers to provide transfer of copyright prior to publication. This permits MW to publish the article and to defend against improper use (or even theft) of the article. An exclusive licence helps us ensure adequate protection against infringement of copyright protected material through breach of copyright or piracy anywhere in the world.
The author retains the copyright until acceptance, and has the full freedom, for example, to withdraw the paper from consideration by an MW journal and submit it elsewhere. The author(s), in consideration of the acceptance of the above work for publication, do(es) hereby assign and transfer to the MacroWorld Publishing all of the rights, title, and interest in and to the copyright of the above titled work in its current form, including online supporting material (data supplements) submitted with the work, and in any form subsequently revised for publication and/or electronic dissemination, including translations to another language.
This includes display of the accepted article and online supporting material in electronic form on the internet before and/or after print publication. Although we usually suggest that authors transfer the copyright to the MWP, at the author's request the rights can remain with the author(s) of a book or an article in a journal or proceedings volume.
After a paper is accepted for publication, the MWP will send out a Copyright Transfer Agreement (PDF) to all authors of the paper. Signatures of all authors of the manuscript are required. However, all authors do not necessarily have to sign the same copy of the form. The corresponding author is responsible for ensuring that signatures of all authors are submitted to the MWP; manuscripts will not be published if signatures of all authors are not received. Alterations to and substitutions for the Copyright Transfer Agreement are not acceptable.
Completed copies of the Copyright Transfer Agreement may be submitted to the MacroWorld Publishing. Please read the terms of this agreement, and email a scanned copy of the signed original to the MacroWorld's Rights Department (firstname.lastname@example.org).