Rights and Repositories: Reshaping the Cultural Perceptions of Copyright

The afternoon sessions for the event are more discussion based – I’m sitting in one being run for John Casey (EDINA) who spoke this morning.

His top 5 practical tips:

  • Factor IPR issues at the start of an activity – he said that if he was marking bids that left IPR to the last few weeks, they wouldn’t get through. He also stressed the usefulness of consortium agreements – look at the JISC Model agreement
  • Effective information and records management procedures are needed – simple is best!
  • Always get contractors to sign – don’t use contractors who won’t sign, and don’t assume that you get the rights because you are paying – you must get a license from the person doing the work
  • Take advice and improve your knowledge
  • Funding bodies – mandate and audit the correct use of licenses – money talks!

Top 5 Policy tips:

  • Need to be clear about where we want to go
  • Have to have individual academic integrity and institutional quality control in place
  • Workable solutions to IPR need the involvement of senior managers to provide top-down direction and leadership. Good approach to partner with other institutions – ideally ones that aren’t competing with you geographically or sectorally
  • Institutional IPR policies should reflect the underlying business model and what is considered valuable
  • IPR issues act as a ‘lightning conductor’ in institutions – surfacing underlying issues of ownership, control, authority, power and status

John saying with teaching and learning material you don’t need to stop tutors using their own materials – but you might want a right to use the material in perpetuity – need to be clear what you want and need to get out of agreements…

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