What is the implication of a publisher retaining the original manuscript and leaving the author with a photocopy?
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This is fact alone is not dispositive of anyone's rights in the underlying work, but if you have concerns you should discuss with a lawyer in private.
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In and of itself, this has no particular significance. However, if the manuscript in question is handwritten or typed (rather than computer-generated) or has handwritten notes, it may have some intrinsic value. If you're talking about a new manuscript generated on computer, the "original" would have no intrinsic value, as it could be reprinted multiple times.
It may have just been an arbitrary choice on the publisher's part, and you could always ask to have the original returned to you when the publisher has completed its work.
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