Copyright, Creative Commons, EIFL

Presentation delivered at KULeuven, May 4 2016


Gwen Franck


Existing copyright regulation is not  adapted to the reality of research practice in 2015

  • multiple authors in different countries
  • text & data mining
  • citizen science
  • various Open Access policies
  • Wikipedia ...
  • social media
  • education
  • translations
  • civil society
  • ...

Research does no longer exclusively happen behind university walls

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And Civil Society has an

interest as well!

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Alll research is meant to be consulted, reused, reproduced and built upon

Unfortunately, the reality often looks more like this ...

"No access" by Lukas Benc on Flickr, CC BY-ND

"Some rights reserved"

4 building blocks

Can be combined into 6 licenses

  • Creative Commons is a tool, not a silver bullet: It cannot fix bad science. 
  • Correct citation is essential to conduct scientific research
  • Incorrect citation and use of CC licensed materials is not only bad science, it is a copyright infringement
  • If you license your own work with CC - you have a legal basis to demand that you are cited correctly





Citing CC licensed content

a little common sense goes a long way!

  • attribution (BY) is obligatory: name of the author and name of the work (if available)
  • link to the original source
  • mention and link to the license/(c) status (You don't need to  credit PD works) 
  • mention if you remix/adapt, link to the original version of the work

Don't forget:

Using a Creative Commons license makes it easy for creators to determine what can be done with their work and provides clarity and legal certainty for users -

in one click

"Copyright, Creative Commons, EIFL" by Gwen Franck is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, except otherwise noted.

Thank you!

Copyright, Creative Commons, EIFL

By gwen

Copyright, Creative Commons, EIFL

Delivered at KULeuven, May 4 2016

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