right of first publication

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Noun1.right of first publication - a document granting exclusive right to publish and sell literary or musical or artistic work
legal right - a right based in law
document, papers, written document - writing that provides information (especially information of an official nature)
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539, 541-42 (1985); see also Jeff Alan Schlei, Case Note, Copyright--The Unauthorized Use of Verbatim Quotes from a Public Figure's Manuscript Prior to Its Publication for Use in a News Story Constituted an Appropriation of the Right of First Publication and Is Not Protected by the Fair Use Privilege of the Copyright Act--Harper & Row, Publishers, Inc.
Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication, which will be licensed with Creative Commons Attribution.
The act of publication encompasses the rights of reproduction and distribution (Copyright Act, 1988), and authors have the right of first publication under U.