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ARL Addresses Copyright Implications of OSTP Public-Access Guidance in FAQs

Last Updated on December 6, 2022, 2:38 pm ET

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In conversations around the recently updated public-access guidance from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), we’ve heard members of our community—including librarians, researchers, and administrators—raise questions about the copyright implications of the new memorandum. ARL’s Scholarship and Policy Team has prepared a frequently asked questions (FAQs) document to share with researchers, graduate students, and even policy makers. The FAQs clarify that the August 2022 OSTP guidance, “Ensuring Free, Immediate, and Equitable Access to Federally Funded Research” (also referred to as the Nelson memo), has no implications for copyright.

For more on how the US federal government’s public-access guidance changed from 2013 to 2022, see this side-by-side comparison.