[OKFN-IN] [GOAL] Submission to ICAR on its Open Access Policy 2013 Draft

Heather Morrison hgmorris at sfu.ca
Sun May 19 19:26:39 UTC 2013

Excellent work, Sridhar.

I would strongly recommend, however, removal of reference to the CC-BY  
license. This is NOT in the best interests of Indian scholars or  
Indian research funders. This gives blanket commercial rights to  
anyone, anywhere downstream, with absolutely no obligation for  
reciprocity. That is, if CC-BY becomes the default, it is quite  
possible that a next generation of research tools will be built by the  
commercial sector on a for-pay basis with no obligation to provide  
affordable pricing for countries like India - who could easily end up  
one step ahead (getting the benefits of open access to the kinds of  
publications produced now), but two steps behind (locked out of access  
to the next generation tools).

This is section that I am referring to - I would suggest simply  
removing the whole section.

12. All the ICAR institute’s website content, print/digital  
publications, meta-data and full-texts in repositories are to be  
licensed for public use under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 (CC- 
BY 3.0) Unported License

I acknowledge that many of my colleagues in the open access movement  
are strong proponents of CC-BY licensing, and that there are positive  
as well as negative implications of using this license. This is a  
topic that I have explored and continue to explore in some depth -  
links to some of my writings including my submission to the UK BIS  
committee can be found from here:


Dr. Heather Morrison
Freedom for scholarship in the internet age

On 19-May-13, at 1:14 AM, Sridhar Gutam wrote:

> Dear Colleagues and Friends,
> Please see the attachment for the document made modifying the ICAR
> Open Access Policy Draft and the Original Policy Draft.
> If any comments/suggestions, please share by today. Tomorrow I would
> like to submit to the ICAR.
> Thanks & Regards
> Sridhar
> __________________________________________________________
> Sridhar Gutam PhD, ARS, Patent Laws (NALSAR), IP & Biotech. (WIPO)
> Senior Scientist (Plant Physiology) Central Institute for Subtropical
> Horticulture
> Joint Secretary, Agricultural Research Service Scientists' Forum
> Convenor, Open Access India
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> <Submission to ICAR on its Open Access Policy 2013 Draft Open	Access  
> India.pdf><Submission to ICAR on its Open Access Policy 2013 Draft  
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