[pp.int.general] Immediate action required!

Amelia Andersdotter teirdes at gmail.com
Thu Aug 20 21:51:49 CEST 2009

2009/8/20 Reinier Bakels <r.bakels at planet.nl>:
> This is sort of paradoxical. SURF is related to universities. Can
> universities force their students and PhD candidates to grant copyright
> licences? That is what they currently actually do. For me as an external PhD
> candidate without university funding or support this was sort of a bad deal,
> and I refused.

Do Dutch PhDs and students not retain the sole right to their copyrighted works?

In Sweden, I think copyright is highly individual and tied to the
maker of the copyrighted material unless explicit agreements about
transferral of the rights are met. For instance, journalists tend to
still own the copyright to their articles. The papers just have the
right to publish.

As a general comment though, if there is a need for an Open Access
Year to promote the accessibility of knowledge and information, does
that not in itself suggest that copyright in its full extent poses
some threat to the dissemination of knowledge into society?


Amelia Andersdotter

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