The Hague Declaration on Knowledge Discovery in the Digital Age

1 Jan 2015


Resolutions and Declarations

Acknowledging the vast economic and societal benefits of knowledge discovery in the digital age, the signatories of the Declaration agreed on the following principles:

“1. Intellectual property was not designed to regulate the free flow of facts, data and ideas, but has as a key objective the promotion of research activity;

2. People should have the freedom to analyse and pursue intellectual curiosity without fear of monitoring or repercussions;

3. Licenses and contract terms should not restrict individuals from using facts, data and ideas;

4. Ethics around the use of content mining techniques will need to continue to evolve in response to changing technology;

5. Innovation and commercial research based on the use of facts, data, and ideas should not be restricted by intellectual property law.”