I have heard a rumor that the University of Canberra may be reviewing its Intellectual Property policy. I'm keen to make a proposal to that review, that UC changes its copyright policy to a default of Creative Commons Attribution. Those familiar with my work will recognise I made this same proposal to Otago Polytechnic - to which they agreed and went ahead with.
The CCby license structure for UC will assist and encourage staff to retain rights over their work when entering into contracts with publishers, as well as the development of open access research culture at UC. If some publishers reject the UC staff member's proposed license, then staff decide for themselves whether or not to enter into an agreement with such publishers under their usual all rights reserved models.
To be clear here, this proposal is a compromise for me. My real and perhaps radical opinion is that individuals and organisations think of ways to resist copyright as an organising principle all together. I'm well aware that those who I aim to make this proposal to will dismiss such a position, so the Creative Commons Attribution license structure is my compromise, and perhaps the most pragmatic step at this moment.
At the very least, a CCBy default will encourage and help publishing staff to negotiate the retention of their own rights to republish, and will assist in the promotion of open access to important and largely publicly subsidised research information. Further though, such a policy move will generate substantial publicity for UC (as it did for Otago Polytechnic), being the first Australian University to adopt such a stance. To my interpretation, all this is very much in line with the strategic direction of the University.
My boss seems enthused by this proposal, so I've gathered up information relating to the same policy change I proposed at Otago Polytechnic. Below is a link role I will keep adding to over time. I hope I get a chance to propose this to UC leadership, I feel quite confident that it is a logical, moral and economically sound thing to propose, and that the culture at UC is ready to consider such an approach to copyrights.