What does the recently revisited Belgian copyright law for scholarly publications say, actually ?

My previous blog post triggered a lot of interpretations on the actual content, extend and meaning of the amendments to the Belgian copyright law. The best response is the actual text, translated here. Art. 29. In article XI.196 [of the Code of economic law], inserted by the law of 19 April 2014, a paragraph 2/1 … Lire la suite What does the recently revisited Belgian copyright law for scholarly publications say, actually ?

A small change in a law, a giant leap for knowledge sharing

Having been released at the same time as the first announcement of Plan S, a very important modification of the Belgian copyright law has gone somewhat unnoticed and it should not have! It is indeed a major groundbreaker in the open access to public research communication. The law now allows authors of publicly funded research … Lire la suite A small change in a law, a giant leap for knowledge sharing

Open Access: is Plan S heaven or hell ? How about giving it a dispassionate look ?

As I was savagely attacked on Twitter just recently by a troll who was accusing me to play double game in terms of supporting or rejecting Plan S (I spare you the invectives ad hominem), here is, with more space available, my nuanced point of view on this plan. Plan S is full of good … Lire la suite Open Access: is Plan S heaven or hell ? How about giving it a dispassionate look ?

Who’s afraid of the big bad directive ?

The new European directive on copyright in the digital single market adopted on 12 September by the European Parliament, which is undoubtedly beneficial for music or film broadcasting, is worrying the academic world of research. Why? Essentially because the publication – and therefore dissemination – of public research results is a fundamentally different process. Traditionally, … Lire la suite Who’s afraid of the big bad directive ?

Qui a peur de la grande méchante directive?

La nouvelle directive européenne sur le droit d’auteur dans le marché unique numérique adoptée le 12 septembre dernier par le Parlement Européen, incontestablement salutaire pour la diffusion musicale ou cinématographique, inquiète le monde académique de la recherche. Pourquoi ? Essentiellement parce que la publication – donc la diffusion – des résultats de la recherche publique … Lire la suite Qui a peur de la grande méchante directive?

What if it were « Love Boat »?

[Version française ci-dessous] On September 14, 2018 the Guardian’s columnist George Monbiot published a violent charge against the publishers of scholarly journals and this should please us who have been fighting for open access for a long time. However, is the target the right one? Imagine a very select and reputable travel agency that sells … Lire la suite What if it were « Love Boat »?

Et si c’était « La Croisiere s’amuse »?

Le journaliste du Guardian George Monbiot a publié ce 14 septembre une charge violente contre les éditeurs de journaux scientifiques et cela devrait nous faire plaisir, à nous qui nous battons depuis longtemps pour l’accès ouvert. Cependant, la cible est-elle la bonne ? Imaginons une agence de voyage très sélect et très réputée qui vous … Lire la suite Et si c’était « La Croisiere s’amuse »?

A fantastic move towards Open Science by the University of Lorraine (France)

Taking advantage of the French break up of the negotiations with Springer and of the resulting savings (160 k€, after an outrageous 60% increase in 10 years!), the University of Lorraine has been “thinking about a refoundation of scientific communication that goes both towards more openness (open access), more transparency and efficiency”. They will “support … Lire la suite A fantastic move towards Open Science by the University of Lorraine (France)

Le « décret Open Access » de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles consolide la politique de dépôt en archive des universités.

[English version here] Le décret “Open Access” francophone belge n’est pas, contrairement à ce que pensent certains, une nouveauté en soi. En effet, toutes les universités de la Fédération disposent aujourd’hui de leur propre archive numérique et elles ont rendu obligatoire le dépôt des manuscrits rédigés et publiés par leurs chercheurs, sur la base du … Lire la suite Le « décret Open Access » de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles consolide la politique de dépôt en archive des universités.

The « Open Access Decree » of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation consolidates the deposit policy of the Universities.

The Belgian « Open Access » decree is not, contrary to what some people think, a novelty in itself. Indeed, all the universities of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation now have their own digital archive and have made it mandatory to submit manuscripts written and published by their researchers, based on the model established in 2007 at the University of … Lire la suite The « Open Access Decree » of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation consolidates the deposit policy of the Universities.