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  • Open Content Licensing: A Three-Step Guide for Academics

    This guide will enable academics to make informed and purposeful decisions about licensing their work openly. The assumption is that you own the copyright in your own work, and wish to confer permission for its use. The guide is based on the framework of open content licensing, a legitimate, internationally recognised legal practice consistent with copyright law. This guide is aimed at the...

  • OER Copyright and Licensing Toolkit

    This toolkit is aimed at higher education stakeholders who are working with Open Educational Resources (OER). It explains the notion of copyright and describes the different licensing options available to the author/creator of a work. Whether you are wanting to license your own work, or are tasked with clearing copyrighted documents, you will find comprehensive information about the basic...

  • The Washington Declaration on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest

    The Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest, August 25-27, 2011, convened over 180 experts from 32 countries and six continents to help re-articulate the public interest dimension in intellectual property law and policy. The Washington Declaration on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest records the conclusions from the Congress. It has received more than 755...

  • Strategic Management of Intellectual Property Rights for OER in UK Higher Education

    This paper is written in the context of the JISC and Higher Education Academy Open Educational Resources Programme (Phase 2), and aims to address some of the background issues regarding management of intellectual property rights (IPR) in UK universities. In particular, this guidance aims to assist institutions by prompting strategic decisions that may need to be taken in relation to the...

  • CC Licenses and Trademarks: A Guide for Organizational OER Creators and Distributors

    This primer is a guide to understanding the relationship between your rights as a copyright owner using Creative Commons licenses (particularly CC BY) and your trademark rights within the context of open educational resources (?OER?). Many people in the OER community are under the mistaken impression that copyright is the only tool at their disposal to protect and control their work and that...

  • Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for OpenCourseWare

    This document is a code of best practices designed to help those preparing OpenCourseWare (OCW) to interpret and apply fair use under United States copyright law. The OCW movement, which is part of the larger Open Educational Resources (OER) movement, was pioneered in 2002, when the Massachusetts Institute of Technology launched its OpenCourseWare initiative, making course materials...

  • Draft Law on Copyright

    This document provides a coherent set of definitions and exceptions and limitations to exclusive rights for libraries and consumers. The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Draft Law On Copyright and Related Rights (version 2005), previously available online, was used as the basis for this document. The amendments and additions to that text reflect the basic needs of libraries...

  • Worlds in Collision: Copyright, Technology, and Education

    In order to understand these tensions, consider the following example from Second Life, a shared environment where users adopt virtual personae to explore a world created predominantly by other users. The ability to manipulate the Second Life world allows users to create virtual environments, but the tools have sufficient flexibility that new forms of artistic and creative expression are...

  • The Public Domain Enclosing the Commons of Mind

    Imagine yourself starting a society from scratch. Perhaps you fought a revolution, or perhaps you led a party of adventurers into some empty land, conveniently free of indigenous peoples.

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