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Research collaborations are hampered by copyright law. While these laws are aimed at solving sustainability of writing and later other creative processes, and nowadays knowledge too, the make it harder in a time where research is funded with on temporary projects. This article discusses some of the aspects involved, though the legal foundations are only minimally brought up. One critical aspect is the role of consortium agreements. It also outlines how open licenses can simplify international research, particularly when multiple research projects are involved and when projects have ended.
This is a working draft of a recent personal perspective on innovation in Europe in the context of European Commission-funded research projects. I am not happy with the number of references and want to source more claims with relevant literature or material. Particularly, I want to refer to some of the template consortium agreements that are used by these projects.