The author of a work is the person who has brought the intellectual creation into being (Section 4 of the Dutch Copyright Act). The author is almost always also the “titleholder”, i.e. the person who holds the copyright. Copyright therefore plays an important role in the creation, distribution, and re-use of material in the context of higher education and scientific/scholarly research.
Who holds what rights?
What rights are held by the author, by the distributor or publisher, and by the institution where the author is employed? What is necessary if we are to prevent copyright becoming an obstacle to the re-use of material for teaching and research? What is the situation regarding copyright in publications in scientific/scholarly or professional journals and in research data and teaching materials?
Copyright in higher education
SURFdirect has developed a special website dealing with “Copyright in Higher Education“. The website provides a FAQ and background information, and suggests practical ways of dealing with copyright issues. SURF products such as the Copyright Toolbox and the Licence to Publish are also available on the website.
The three components of SURF – SURF, SURFnet, and SURFmarket – work with representatives of various institutions within SURFdirect, the digital rights expertise community. SURFdirect identifies the copyright aspects associated with various topics in e-learning and e-science and supports higher education and research regarding the copyright aspects of creating and re-using text, audio, and video.
SURFdirect coordinates two groups that deal with copyright:
• The Network of Copyright Information Portals: Every university has a Copyright Information Portal that provides direct assistance with copyright issues regarding the re-use of material and publication (including open access publication).
• With SURFdirect, the Working Party on Copyright and the Universities of Applied Sciences is developing tools to update the universities of applied sciences and professionals in the field on copyright issues.
More information and contact
For more information, contact Wilma Mossink or Annemiek van der Kuil on +31 (0)30 234 6600.