Public Domain; Public Interest; Public Funding: focussing on the 'three Ps' in scientific research
Waelde, Dr Charlotte and McGinley, Ms Mags (2005) Public Domain; Public Interest; Public Funding: focussing on the 'three Ps' in scientific research. SCRIPT-ed A Journal of Law and Technology 2(1).
The purpose of this paper is to discuss the ‘three Ps’ of scientific research: Public Domain; Public Interest; Public Funding. This is done by examining some of the difficulties faced by scientists engaged in scientific research who may have problems working within the constraints of current copyright and database legislation, where property claims can place obstacles in the way of research, in other words, the public domain. The article then looks at perceptions of the public interest and asks whether copyright and the database right reflect understandings of how this concept should operate. Thirdly, it considers the relevance of public funding for scientific research in the context of both the public domain and of the public interest. Finally, some recent initiatives seeking to change the contours of the legal framework are examined.