Submitters are required to agree to the WPSphere Distribution License Agreement when depositing their works in WPSphere.
Why? The distribution license agreement allows WPU to post the submitter(s) work online. It is a non-exclusive agreement so the creator's rights are maintained and the work(s) can also be in other open access repositories, e.g. PubMed Central.
How? The distribution license agreement is part of the item submission process.
WPUNJ Repository Distribution License Agreement
By signing and submitting this agreement, I grant William Paterson University a no cost, non-exclusive, right and license to include the scholarly material identified below in the Digital Repository, or another Digital Repository system that the University may in the future utilize in the place of the Digital Repository, and through the Digital Repository, to reproduce, publicly display and distribute the material at no cost to users world-wide provided the University does not alter the content of the material.
I understand that if I wish to publish the material with a third party that requires me to assign to it all my rights in the material, I may request the University to remove the material from the Digital Repository. In such an event, I understand that a bibliographic reference to the material will be retained in the Digital Repository, but the material will be removed to a "dark archive" that is not accessible to the general public.
I represent that I am the sole or joint owner of the entire copyright in the material or, to the extent that I do not hold copyright in any part of the material, that I have written authority from the owner of copyright to grant this license to the William Paterson University. If the material is based on work that was sponsored or supported by an agency or entity other than the William Paterson University, I represent that I have complied with any requirements the sponsor may have imposed on publication including a right of review or inclusion of an acknowledgement of its support.
This agreement will be interpreted and governed in accordance with applicable Federal law and the laws of the State of New Jersey without reference to its conflict of laws rules. If you have questions regarding this license please contact the system administrators.