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Copyright and Creative Commons: Making Rights Work for Everyone

Code: HDC020

Presenter: Dr Tobias Schonwetter

Venue: Lecture Theatre

Date: Friday April 12, 2013

Duration: Half day, both morning sessions

Style: Lecture

Participants: 30

Prerequisite: None

Cost: R995 (ex VAT)

Copyright often presents a conundrum to organizations that want to make their collections available to an audience freely for specific uses while limiting other uses. Creative Commons (CC) is a useful legal remedy to this and can be built into systems that hand usage rights to users.

Dr. Tobias Schonwetter is Creative Common’s Regional Coordinator for Africa and Legal Lead for CC South Africa.

What content will be covered?

Digital technologies and the Internet have brought about unprecedented opportunities for the creation, use, sharing and dissemination of copyrighted content such as archive materials, music, newspaper articles, photographs and movies. Some in the media industry see these developments as a threat to their established business models of content distribution; others, however, embrace the new opportunities by searching for new models upon which they can built their business. Many of these new models leverage Creative Commons (CC) licenses (www.creativecommons.org), 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.

What will I gain?

You will learn:

  • how CC licensing works,
  • how to find CC-licensed material and legally freely use it, e.g. when producing a documentary or exhibition, and
  • how to publish your own content under CC licences using CC’s website.

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