Since this change, when there is a new camera manuscript deadline for a major conference, many people are still asking for my opinion on the treatment of their copyright. My tweet response is typical: “License. Not enough to transfer your copyright. So I thought I was going to explain this in detail, with some related questions, what you can do after granting this license, and finally some detailed notes on something else, I get a lot of questions about – the use of third-party hardware. A few years ago, ACM changed its copyright model to propose three different options for authors who publish ACM documents: (1) a non-exclusive license for ACM, which requires an open access fee; (2) a license granting exclusive publishing rights to ACM; and (3) a transfer of copyright to ACM. Previously, the third option was the only one available to authors, and this step was generally considered a response from ACM to criticism of its lack of open access. This document replaces all previous instructions in the ACM guidelines on copyright and privileges. Other publishers are allowed to adapt this Directive to ACM for your use with confirmation. The attribution of the copyright of the author applies only to the whole work and not to the incorporated objects of third parties. An author who inserts an object, z.B. an art image protected by a third party must obtain permission from that party to include the object, understanding that the entire work can be distributed as a unit in each medium. The requirement to obtain third-party authorization does not apply if the author only inserts a link to the object of the copyright owner.
Option #2 does not transfer all rights, but only an exclusive license for the publication, multiplication and distribution of the work. But in this case, “… aCM the right, but not the obligation to defend the work against misuse by third parties.” Cons: ACM can do anything it wants with your work, let`s say, just erase it. Or something more interesting, as the ACM and Me article says: “Imagine what happens if the CMA goes bankrupt in The Future. Creditors could become copyrighted trolls and sweep the internet for the illegal exchange of academic ACM documents. There are three ways to transfer copyright to ACM: Printing Authorization – An authorization involves consulting the lead author of the work, the publisher`s consent to pay the necessary fees, and the presentation of the correct credit confirmation. Processed collections such as conference reports and newsletters are protected by the copyright of the CMA as a whole. In some cases, such as conference procedures. B, the various components are also protected by copyright or under ACM license. In other cases, authors retain the copyright of certain components (p.B. newsletter articles, letters to readers, abbreviated books). In these other cases, ACM has a non-exclusive publication authorization (implicitly or transmitted through the ACM authorization form) authorizing publication in print and online forms, and also grants ACM the right to convert the work in all formats necessary for its use within the ACM digital library or other media.
No protected or ACM-licensed collection may be published in open distribution without ACM`s prior permission and prior to its registration in the ACM Digital Library. Authorized distributions must include notification of this authorization at the same time as the ACM copyright designation. This is based on some research and my reading of copyright licenses, not by talking to someone from ACM, and of course, on my opinion and IANYL.