Authors' rights in the service of a controlled sharing of online content

The development of information and communication technology has turned upside down the economy of information and knowledge. Today the sharing of online content is a possible response to the need to communicate knowledge. If the first United States'experiences have a degree of limitation in certain areas, it is nevertheless possible for French authors who wish to share there creativity to adopt a contractual model which protects their work; and allows for the control of changes to or the use of their work online. Authors' rights are in this respect more flexible than might be imagined, as is demonstrated by the 2PCL mechanism (portal for sharing online content) tried out by some university libraries in order to distribute student theses or the work of teacher- researchers.