The Internet and digital technologies have transformed the way people learn. Educational resources are no longer static and scarce, but adaptable and widely available, allowing educational institutions, teachers, and learners to actively participate in a global exchange of knowledge via Open Educational Resources (OERs). Creative Commons (CC) (www.creativecommons.org) provides the legal and technical infrastructure essential to the long-term success of OER, making it possible for educational resources to be widely accessible, adaptable, interoperable, and discoverable. CC licenses are a simple, standardised way for rights holders to grant copyright permissions to their work in the digital age. Because the rights to copy, distribute, or adapt content are pre-cleared, content is more rapidly and widely disseminated, allowing innovative business models to emerge that rely on free and legal sharing and reuse. CC licenses and tools have been developed in consultation with legal experts and CC affiliate institutions in over 70 jurisdictions. Over 400 million CC-licensed works have been published by their authors on the Internet.
This session will explain:
· What Creative Commons is and how CC is developing in South Africa and on the African continent
· how CC licensing works,
· how to publish your own content under CC licences using CC’s website
· how CC enables open education through making materials legally shareable .
Dr. Tobias Schonwetter is UCT's Director of the Intellectual Property Law and Policy Unit and Creative Common’s Regional Coordinator for Africa as well as Legal Lead for CC South Africa.
Local Time: 12.00-13.00 CET