The Good, the Bad and the University: Digital Intellectual Property Flashpoints for 2014
Abstract: This paper, excerpted from a longer presentation in the Emerging Scholar stream, analyzes the potential consequences of two related initiatives in spring 2014 by the European Commission, acting on behalf of the entire European Union. Each has significant implications for the ability of research institutions to detect academic misconduct, especially plagiarism and research fraud. Both a green paper on Preparing for a Fully Converged Audiovisual World: Growth, Creation and Values and a ruling on “the right to be forgotten” in a case before the European Court of Justice, prioritize individual rights over public access to biographical information, including academic misconduct. Individuals can request to delete or hide damaging information at a time of increased journal retractions for plagiarism and fraud. Although the policies affect only the EU at present, they have serious implications for hiring, retention, promotion, and grant funding in research institutions worldwide.
Presider: Angelos Emmanouilidis, University of Turku