Monday, January 25, 2016

Free License In Work Developed With Department Of Education Funding

The U.S. Department of Education has published notice of proposed rule making in the Federal Register that would require all recipients of DOE competitive grant funds to openly license all copyrightable work created with the grant funds.
Proposed Regulations: Proposed § 3474.20 would establish an open licensing requirement for copyrightable works created using funds from direct competitive grant programs. Section 3474.20 would require that all Department grantees awarded direct competitive grant funds openly license to the public all copyrightable intellectual property created with Department grant funds. 
The open licensing requirement would allow the public to freely use the copyrightable work developed from DOE grants.
These proposed regulations would allow the public to access and use copyrightable intellectual property created with direct competitive grant funds for any purpose, provided that the user gives attribution to the designated authors or copyright holders of the intellectual property. 
The DOE believes that the considerable material created by grantees funded with DOE grants, "including lesson plans, instructional plans, professional development tools, and other teaching and learning resources," should be "shared broadly with the public."

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