EU Charter of Fundamental Rights
Right to property
1. Everyone has the right to own, use, dispose of and
bequeath his or her lawfully acquired possessions. No
one may be deprived of his or her possessions, except in
the public interest and in the cases and under the
conditions provided for by law, subject to fair
compensation being paid in good time for their loss. The
use of property may be regulated by law in so far as is
necessary for the general interest.
2. Intellectual property shall be protected.
Article by Brad
Photo by Lucas
• Digital Opportunity: A Review of Intellectual
Property and Growth, An Independent Report
by Professor Ian Hargreaves (2011)
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from Royal Irish Academy
What is Creative Commons?
• Non-profit corporation based in California
• Founded on notion that some people may not want to exercise all of
the intellectual property rights the law affords them.
• Believes there is an unmet demand for an easy way to tell the world
"Some rights reserved" or even "No rights reserved."
• Many people want to share their work - and the power to
reuse, modify, and distribute their work - with others on generous
• Creative Commons intends to help people express this preference for
sharing by offering the world a set of licenses on its site, at no
• UCC Law Faculty is Irish Partner
• Website: www.creativecommons.org
• Focus of Creative Commons is on content (e.g. video, music, written
material) rather than software
Open Access Publishing
• Providing unrestricted access to scholarly
Green – Author publishes in journal (which might not be open access)
and self-archives elsewhere, e.g. CORA
- Not possible if journal does not permit
Gold: Author publishes in open access journal
• Irish Research Council Open Access Policy
• Research Councils UK Open Access Policy