An Open Access mandate adopted by the Wallonia-Brussels Federation Government

mercioaThe Parliament of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation unanimously adopted (with two abstentions) the project of Open Access Decree supported by the Minister of Higher Education and Research, Jean-Claude Marcourt, aiming at establishing a policy of free access to scientific publications.

The text of the decree stipulates that all scientific articles subsidized by public funds must be deposited in an institutional directory.

Institutions will also need to use only lists of publications from these directories for the evaluation of researchers.

The decree is accessible online [fr]

World Intellectual Property Day and the Anne Frank Case

It’s a recurring discussion. Every time a major work is about to enter the public domain, debate flares up if and when it can be freely accessed. Due to differences in national copyright legislation it is often difficult to determine when copyright protection ends. In a time where access to knowledge is global, this leads to absurd situations. So is “Le Petit Prince” by Antoine de Saint-ExupĂ©ry in the public domain in most parts of the world but, due to an exception in copyright law, not in France.

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