The right to own your work. Avoid granting a publisher all rights to your work; if you do, you can never use the same work again in its current form. For example, if you have sold all rights to a story and later want to include that story in an anthology, you'll have to purchase the right to do so from the publication that now owns all rights to it. The owner of all rights is free to reprint your material or to sell it elsewhere without paying any additional money to you. The owner would also be free to use all of the rights listed below.
A contract clause which transfers all rights in a work, including any present and any future rights held in all existing media and in any media which may be invented by future technological processes for an unlimited duration and unlimited territorial coverage, to a publisher or other party in one fell swoop and for a single fee. [See Termination Rights.
A type of rights, granted in a contract, that gives the publisher legal permission to reproduce the article, or do anything else he wants with it, forever. The author of the article can never resell that particular piece to another publication.