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Copyright for Open Science (C4OS) Series

Feb 14, 2023

Can we think of a Copyright system that provides equitable compensation to all involved parties, while maximising access to scientific resources and ensuring sustainable value production? Is the solution within the existing Copyright system or shall we look outside of it? Is Copyright reform attainable, and if yes, should it be incremental or radical? Finally, are new forms of legislation, such as data governance policy and legislation (from Open Data to Platform regulation), providing us with a new framework of thinking as to how we could achieve the desired balance between different copyright holders?

The Copyright for Open Science (C4OS), an initiative of OpenAIRE aims at addressing these questions in a series of three meetings/ workshops, where legal scholars, policy makers, publishers, creators, researchers and information scientists share their views as to how an equitable, sustainable and just model for Open Science may be achieved. 

The series concluded on February 9th with a hybrid workshop happening in person at Onassis Stegi and online. Below you can find recordings of the sessions and useful materials.

Workshop 1: The European Context of Copyright Reform for Open Science (virtual)

This workshop aims at mapping/outlining the current European landscape when it comes to copyright initiatives and reforms that hold promise for expediting and incentivizing the move to open science. The workshop explores the latest developments in the EU acquis both in relation to Copyright and the broader context of the EU digital policies. It seeks to assess the extent to which current EU Open Science policies are serving innovative and just open science publishing models in the context of the current EU Copyright system and what are the reforms required to maximize value for all involved parties.

Date & Time: Thursday 15th December 2022, 17:00 – 18:30 pm CET 

Moderator: Prodromos Tsiavos, Legal Counsel at OpenAIRE and Athena Research and Innovation Centre, Head of Digital Development and Innovation at the Onassis Group


Roberto Caso, Trento LawTech Group, University of Trento
Thomas Margoni, Research Professor of Intellectual Property Law, Centre for IT & IP Law (CiTiP), KU Leuven
Rod Cookson, Managing Director, IWA Publishing
Roger Van Zwanenberg, Publisher, Pluto Journals
Ignasi Labastida, Director of Open Access, University of Barcelona
Alea López de San Román, Legal & Policy Officer, European Commission, Directorate for Research and Innovation

The recording of this session is available here.

Background Readings 

  1. European Research Area Policy Agenda 2022-2024, European Commission, 2021, link
  2. R. Caso & G. Dore, Academic Copyright, Open Access and the “Moral” Second Publication Right, in European Intellectual Property Review (EIPR), 2022, 44.6, 334-343, link.
  3. A Position Statement from Knowledge Rights 21 on Secondary Publishing Rights, Knowledge Rights 21, 2022, link.
  4. Flynn, S., et al. (2020). Implementing user rights for research in the field of artificial intelligence: a call for international action. Joint PIJIP/TLS Research Paper Series, (48), link.
  5.  John Willinsky, "Can Changing the Law Lead to Sustainable Universal Open Access?" Against the Grain, 34, 5, 2022, link
  6. John Willinsky, "Comparing Current Copyright Initiatives for Open Science” Unpublished table, Stanford University, 2022, link
  7. Caso, Roberto. (2022). Open Data, ricerca scientifica e privatizzazione della conoscenza (3.0). Zenodo.
  8. Study on EU copyright and related rights and access to and reuse of data, link
  9. Study on EU copyright and related rights and access to and reuse of scientific publications, including open access - Exceptions and limitations, rights retention strategies and the secondary publication right, link
  10. Study on the Open Data Directive, Data Governance and Data Act and their possible impact on research, link
  11. Study on the Digital Services Act and Digital Markets Act and their possible impact on research, link
  12. Study on Copyright and Scientific Publications: Encouraging Access and Re-use, link


Workshop 2: C4OS in the US: From Fair Use to Statutory Licensing (virtual)

This workshop aims at mapping/outlining the current US landscape in terms of Open Access/ Open Science and the publishing industry. It seeks to explore different Open Science models and how they could be served by the current copyright legislative framework. In addition, it investigates the way in which Open Science is served by the current Fair Use system and how a Statutory Licensing system could be deployed in order to further and advance Open Access publishing models.

Moderator: John Willinsky, Khosla Family Professor Emeritus, Stanford University, and Professor (Limited Term), Simon Fraser University 


Jonathan Band, Attorney, policybandwidth
Kyle K. Courtney, Copyright Advisor, Harvard University
Curtis Brundy, Associate University Librarian, Iowa State University
David Fewer, Counsel and Director, Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic, University of Ottawa
Richard Gallagher, President & Editor-in-Chief, Annual Reviews; Publisher, Knowable Magazine

Date & Time: Thursday 19th January 2023, 13:00 - 14:30 EST (19:00 - 20:30 CET)

The recording of this session is available here. 

Workshop 3: Open Access C4OS: A Global Perspective (in person at Onassis Stegi and online)

The series will conclude in a full day in person event at the Onassis Stegi premises and participants who are unable to join in-person will be able to follow the event online (please see the registration form for more details). Key points from the previous workshops will be summarized, particularly from an EU and US approach, reflecting on the impact of these jurisdictions to the global Open Science and scientific publishing system. The workshop will be prefaced by a keynote speech by Prof. John Willinsky to conclude with a discussion on the future steps for a broader Copyright reform proposal. 

Date & Time: Thursday 9th February 2023, 12:30 am – 17:30 pm EET

12:30 – 12:40 | Introduction & welcome by Prodromos Tsiavos, Head of Digital Development and Innovation at the Onassis Foundation

12:40 – 13:40 | Keynote Speech by John Willinsky, Khosla Family Professor Emeritus, Stanford University, and Professor (Limited Term), Simon Fraser University

Moderated by Prodromos Tsiavos

13:40 – 14:30 | Lunch break

14:30 – 15:30 | Panel discussion with invited speakers: John Willinsky; Thomas Margoni, Research Professor of Intellectual Property Law, Centre for IT & IP Law (CiTiP), KU Leuven; Daphne Papadopoulou, LL.M. mult, Acting Director, Hellenic Copyright Organization; Jonathan Band, Attorney, policybandwidth

Moderated by Prodromos Tsiavos

16:00 – 17:00 | Second part of the panel discussion with invited speakers John Willinsky, Thomas Margoni, Daphne Papadopoulou, and Jonathan Band

Moderated by Prodromos Tsiavos

17:00 – 17:30 | Closing remarks by Prodromos Tsiavos & John Willinsky

This event was organised in collaboration with the Onassis Foundation in Athens, Greece.


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