For externally sponsored research (such as RCUK, Wellcome Trust and the EU) a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence must be used for research published under the Gold route. This license lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon researchers’ work, even commercially, as long as they credit authors for the original creation. This is the most accommodating of licenses offered. It is recommended for maximum dissemination and use of licensed materials. For research published under the green route, which shall be usual practice in the University, a CC BY licence should be sought as a matter of preference, although the open access requirement can also be met by use of the minimum of a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial licence (CC BY-NC). Publisher-specific licences may also be acceptable providing they support the aims of the Policy, and allow re-use including non-commercial text and data mining.
For research that is not externally funded a minimum of Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Non-Derivative (CC BY-NC-ND) licence should be used. This license is the most restrictive of the six main licenses, only allowing others to download researchers’ work and share them with others as long as they credit them, but they can’t change them in any way or use them commercially. If any researcher requires that anything other than a CC BY-NC-ND license this must be made known at the point of submission to the Repository. Such considerations also fall within the scope of the University’s Intellectual Property Policy and will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the Intellectual Property Committee should the need arise.
In all cases, research staff should consult Research, Innovation & Enterprise Services regarding the negotiation of Intellectual Property Rights with publishers (including copyright, licencing, embargo periods) in order to secure contractual terms which meet the terms of this Policy, and any other that should apply, such as the University’s Intellectual Property (IP) Policy