It is a good idea to add a copyright statement to your work e.g.
© 2012 John Smith
or a copyright notice
This work is copyright. Apart from any use permitted under the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth), no part may be reproduced by any process, nor may any other exclusive right be exercised, without the permission of (name and address of copyright owner and the year in which the work was made).
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(Tips from The Copyright Symbol Webpage)
Copyright can be assigned, licensed, given away, sold, left by will, or passed on like any other property. (See A short guide to copyright, p. 21-22)
Assigning copyright is done in writing and this often happens in publishing agreements (such as when a journal publishes an article you have written). Copyright is also frequently assigned in funding agreements. Therefore do not sign any agreements unless you are fully aware of the copyright implications.
Licensing grants specified rights to the licensee. For example, with a conference paper, the copyright is normally licensed to the conference organisers so that they can reproduce the paper.
When publishing your research, check the terms of your publishing agreement for restrictions such as:
If you are not comfortable with the terms of your publishing agreement, then consider requesting that an author addendum or written permission from the publisher to use your research for a particular purpose.
Open access (OA) is a relatively new model of scholarly communication. It has the benefit of allowing "instant worldwide visibility" for your research work.
There are 2 options: