New source of support and copyright expert

Since January, Leon de Blois has taken on the position of research data specialist in Criminal Law and Criminology at the University Library.

04/14/2020 | 2:22 PM

He succeeds Arjan de Rooij in this position. Leon was previously responsible for the legal collection at the Peace Palace in The Hague, and before that he was a pension lawyer. LeonDeBloisKlein

Lawyers are trained to use a certain method when analysing and addressing legal issues. This method can be used for any area of law, but Leon is specialised in copyright law.

Researchers can therefore approach Leon if they have any questions pertaining to copyright law. This includes such questions as ‘Am I allowed to use my findings if these have been published by a publisher?’ or ‘How can I incorporate research in education?’ Some of this information will already be available on the University Library website, but other questions may be trickier to answer, and will have researchers scouring the internet to find the right information. That is why Leon wants to create a website section devoted to copyright that will present information to researchers in a clear manner, allowing them to find what they need quickly. He is also currently setting up an inbox that researchers can use to email him questions.

Copyright protection with Creative Commons

Leon would like to take this opportunity to give researchers a valuable tip. Openness and transparency in research are a positive development and are actively encouraged through such initiatives as Open Science. However, this frequently raises concerns as to whether copyright is retained when posting publications on the internet, and whether it is possible to control the extent and conditions under which publications may be used by others.

Creative Commons is an open source solution for academics seeking to publish their research along open access principles. It offers academics six different license options, which allows them to control how their work is distributed. Creative Commons uses easy-to-understand icons that make it clear how your work may be used. The BY license requires users to credit the author and is recommended for maximum dissemination. Academics are given a variety of options to choose from that form the building blocks of their license. For instance, they determine whether their work may be used for commercial purposes, and whether they will allow derivative works, or if they will only allow their work to be copied if it is not adapted in any way.  To find out more, please visit
You can rest assured that your work will still be governed by Dutch copyright law, even if you distribute it under one of these licenses.

Any questions?

If you have any further questions about Creative Commons or copyright, please do not hesitate to contact Leon by email or telephone. He is looking forward to receiving questions and suggestions from researchers!, +31 (0)20 5982 226.