Hague Declaration calls for IP reform to support access to knowledge in the digital age

Today Creative Commons joins over 50 organizations in releasing the Hague Declaration on Knowledge Discovery in the Digital Age. The declaration is a collaboratively-created set of principles that outlines core legal and technical freedoms that are necessary for researchers to be able to take advantage of new technologies and practices in the pursuit of scholarly … Read More “Hague Declaration calls for IP reform to support access to knowledge in the digital age”

Are commercial publishers wrongly selling access to openly licensed scholarly articles?

Ross Mounce, a postdoc at the University of Bath, recently wrote about how Elsevier charged him $31.50 for an “open access” research article licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs (BY-NC-ND) license. Mounce was understandably upset, because the article was originally published by another publisher – John Wiley  – and was made available freely on their … Read More “Are commercial publishers wrongly selling access to openly licensed scholarly articles?”

The Limits of Copyright: Text and Data Mining

We’re taking part in Copyright Week, a series of actions and discussions supporting key principles that should guide copyright policy. Every day this week, various groups are taking on different elements of the law, and addressing what’s at stake, and what we need to do to make sure that copyright promotes creativity and innovation. Today’s topic is about supporting fair … Read More “The Limits of Copyright: Text and Data Mining”

Public access to research language retained in U.S. spending bill

Last year, the U.S. Congress included a provision in its appropriations legislation that would ensure that some research conducted through federal spending would be made accessible online, for free. It mandated that a subset of federal agencies with research budgets of at least $100 million per year would be required provide the public with free … Read More “Public access to research language retained in U.S. spending bill”

Open Definition 2.0 released

Today Open Knowledge and the Open Definition Advisory Council announced the release of version 2.0 of the Open Definition. The Definition “sets out principles that define openness in relation to data and content,” and is the baseline from which various public licenses are measured. Any content released under an Open Definition-conformant license means that anyone … Read More “Open Definition 2.0 released”

Hewlett Foundation extends CC BY policy to all grantees

Last week the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation announced that it is extending its open licensing policy to require that all content (such as reports, videos, white papers) resulting from project grant funds be licensed under the most recent Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license. From the Foundation’s blog post: “We’re making this change because … Read More “Hewlett Foundation extends CC BY policy to all grantees”