How do I add a copyright page, just after the title page in the report or book class? (Like in standard books about a block of a copyright license at the bottom of the page).

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I prefer to add the "second page" automatically. This keeps the author interface clean.

I simply define a macro \def\secondpage

which I add to the \maketitle macro using \g@addto@macro.

When the author inserts the command \maketitle, it will also typeset the copyright page. Here is the code:

\documentclass{report}
\usepackage{fancyhdr}
\def\secondpage{\clearpage\null\vfill
\pagestyle{empty}
\begin{minipage}[b]{0.9\textwidth}
\footnotesize\raggedright
\setlength{\parskip}{0.5\baselineskip}
Permission is granted to copy, distribute and\slash or modify
this document under the terms of the GNU \ldots.
\end{minipage}
\vspace*{2\baselineskip}
\cleardoublepage
\rfoot{\thepage}}

\makeatletter
\makeatother

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Take a look at the scrreprt class from KOMA-Script which replaces the standard report class. It has an extended \maketitle command which explicitly accommodates the creation of additional pages in the title, e.g. for a copyright notice.

Essentially, the two commands \uppertitleback and \lowertitleback can be set appropriately. They may contain arbitrarily complex text, in particular they may also contain multiple paragraphs.

For instance:

\title{Whatever tickles your fancy}
\author{You}

\uppertitleback{%
Copyright 2011 by Oompa Loompas of science

\noindent
Do not try this at home and use at your own risk!}

\begin{document}
\maketitle

…
\end{document}


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It seems that the command \uppertitleback has only an effect with scrbook. It is mentioned in KOMA script documentation on scrbook and also in a small experiment with scrreprt the contents of uppertitleback was not displayed. – maxschlepzig Apr 9 '14 at 9:59

You can use \null\vfill to flush the copyright or any other text to the bottom of the page. A manual \newpage or \clearpage must follow.

\documentclass{report}

\author{John Doe}
\title{Example}

\begin{document}
\maketitle

\null\vfill
\noindent
Some text ...
\newpage

\chapter{Introduction}
...

\end{document}

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In using scrbook, it's important to note that the information on the copyright page needs to be in your document before the \maketitle command. This is a little bit counter-intuitive, since the text on the copyright page will be printed after the title page. Here's my example:

\title{Here is the Title}

\author{Obscure Author}

\begin{document}

\frontmatter

\lowertitleback{

\begin{flushleft}

\textit{Here's the name of the book for the copyright page}