LIBER has joined with a group of 58 signatories representing research institutions, civil society and publishers in calling on STM to withdraw their new model licences.
In an open letter the group expressed their shared concern that these licences “would limit the use, reuse and exploitation of research. They would make it difficult, confusing or impossible to combine these research outputs with other public resources and sources of knowledge to the benefit of both science and society”.
LIBER believes that the Creative Commons Attribution licence (CC-BT) is the best licence for publication, distribution and reuse. This licence is required by several research funders and has been widely adopted. The STM licences are highly restrictive and not compatible with a CC-by licence. They restrict commercial and derivative use and aim to regulate text and data mining. These licences will create an environment of legal uncertainty and make it increasingly difficult for citizens and researchers to share and resuse information.
We are calling on STM to withdraw their model licences and to work together with us towards creating a world where knowledge is accessible, usable, reusable and interoperable.