Rights Reversion Effort Continues with Mellon Foundation Support

Posted July 14, 2015

Authors Alliance is pleased to announce that work on our Rights Reversion project is moving full speed ahead thanks to a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. In April, we released our guide to rights reversions, and are continuing our efforts to help authors understand and manage the rights necessary to make their works broadly available now and in the future. “The Mellon Foundation is instrumental in supporting the dissemination and preservation of work of scholarly, cultural, and historical significance,” says Executive Director Mike Wolfe. “This funding will enable us to continue our outreach and advocacy efforts to ensure that authors are empowered to see that their intellectual legacies remain accessible beyond the commercial lives of their books.”

The grant will enable Authors Alliance to host a series of four workshops in Ann Arbor, New York City, Los Angeles, and in North Carolina’s Research Triangle. We also plan to release additional resources to support authors who are seeking and implementing rights reversions, including further guidance on how authors might best disseminate their pre-digital works after securing a reversion of rights, and are dedicating resources to provide direct assistance to authors seeking advice on the rights reversion process.

Full details on our complete lineup of events and workshops will be posted as soon as our schedule is finalized. In the meantime, Authors Alliance members and other authors looking for further guidance on the rights reversion process should send their inquiries to reversions@authorsalliance.org.