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Liberal Letter on C-61

UK Government: Public Access for Publicly Funded Research

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David Willetts, the UK Minister of State for Universities and Science, delivered a remarkable speech to the Publishers Association annual general meeting in London last week. Willetts focused on open access and left no doubt of the government's commitment on the issue:

Our starting point is very simple. The Coalition is committed to the principle of public access to publicly-funded research results. That is where both technology and contemporary culture are taking us. It is how we can maximise the value and impact generated by our excellent research base. As taxpayers put their money towards intellectual enquiry, they cannot be barred from then accessing it. They should not be kept outside with their noses pressed to the window - whilst, inside, the academic community produces research in an exclusive space. The Government believes that published research material which has been publicly financed should be publicly accessible - and that principle goes well beyond the academic community.

Willetts did not shy away from the economic impact on publishers:


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EU Commissioner: ACTA Effectively Dead

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EU Commissioner Neelie Kroes spoke at a Berlin conference and acknowledged what has become increasingly apparent: ACTA is going to be defeated by the European Parliament. Kroes stated:

We have recently seen how many thousands of people are willing to protest against rules which they see as constraining the openness and innovation of the Internet. This is a strong new political voice. And as a force for openness, I welcome it, even if I do not always agree with everything it says on every subject. We are now likely to be in a world without SOPA and without ACTA. Now we need to find solutions to make the Internet a place of freedom, openness, and innovation fit for all citizens, not just for the techno avant-garde.
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CanLII and Lancaster House Launch Free E-Text on Wrongful Dismissal and Employment Law

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CanLII and Lancaster House have launched a free e-text on Wrongful Dismissal and Employment Law. The text is the first openly available text on CanLII with all 23 chapters posted online.
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