Harvard Faculty Mandates OA

Peek, Robin
April 2008
Information Today;Apr2008, Vol. 25 Issue 4, p15
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The article focuses on the decision of Harvard's Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) to permit the president and fellows of Harvard College to make their scholarly articles available as well as exercise the copyright in those articles. By doing so, Harvard became the first major university in the U.S. to embrace an open access (OA) mandate for a considerable portion of its faculty. In legal terms, the permission specifically granted by each faculty member is a nonexclusive, irrevocable, paid-up, worldwide license to exercise any and all rights under copyright relating to each of his or her scholarly articles, in any medium, and to authorize others to do the same, provided that the articles are not sold for a profit.


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