Open Access and Moral Rights: Assuring Integrity of Academics’ Copyrightable Works

By Travis Huckell.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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Open access initiatives, particularly for universities’ academic publications, have been
promoted as a solution to the perceived blockage to full dissemination of knowledge caused by overly
restrictive copyright laws. It is said that open access is made that much easier by the reduced costs of
publication and distribution over the Internet. The thrust of this paper is that if academic institutions
accept or promulgate open access requirements for their academic employees there must be a concurrent
commitment to quality assurance measures to guard the integrity of the scholarly works thus openly
available. The international legal system has one such method to assure quality; namely, moral rights.
Most countries have enacted moral rights in their domestic copyright laws to greater and lesser extents.
However, open access, this paper will argue, requires an even greater adoption of moral rights by
universities’ copyright ownership policies.

Keywords: Open Access, Copyright, Moral Rights, Intellectual Property, Academics’ Copyright,, Quality Assurance

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp.69-82. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 626.341KB).

Asst. Prof. Travis Huckell

School of Business, Grant MacEwan College, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada


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