Since copyright is granted automatically with creation and creation of works is such a large part of academic life, many of us don't really understand copyright that well. We just take it for granted. But knowing and understanding your rights is essential!
Many authors do not realize that when they sign an agreement with a publisher to publish their articles that they also shift their copyright to the publisher as well. Retaining your rights as an author is important to ensure you can use your writings in teaching or as a foundation for future publications. Attaching an author addendum to the publisher agreement will help ensure you retain the rights you need.
The following are examples of author addenda provided at other Universities indicating institutional support.