Universities as Copyright Regulators: Power and Example

USA“A few days ago, the MIT faculty unanimously adopted a university-wide OA mandate, which establishes as a default rule the obligation for MIT researchers to hand over a pre-print version of their scientific works for publishing it in an open access repository (see Open Access News). In a note on this decision, the chairman of the drafting committee Hal Abelson explains the context of this decision: ‘Our resolution was closely modelled on similar ones passed last February by Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences and by the Harvard Law School, also passed by unanimous vote. Stanford’s School of Education did the same, as did Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government just last Monday.’ So, MIT’s step towards open access is an illustration of both an example of elite universities’ regulatory power and of the power of their example …” (more)

[Governance Across Borders, 21 March]

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