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Monday, December 14, 2009

Faculty pushback against OA in elections at Belgian university

The Université Libre de Bruxelles held elections to its Conseil d’administration (administrative council) last week. One electoral group, ACA-Interfac, included the following in its platform:

... Researchers should continue to keep the intellectual property in their works, in particular their publications. The initiatives taken by the university in this domain, like the institutional repository and negotiations with journals, cannot have the effect of limiting authors' copyrights. ... [emphasis in original; translation, and any errors, mine]

The director of the university library responded in a blog post, including the statement that

... [The principles of OA] are the best defense of scientific authors against publishers who would impose contracts that seriously harm their intellectual property. ... [translation, and any errors, mine]

According to the results posted by the university, the group won 2 seats out of 7.