What is Open Licensing?


As new forms of publication and scholarship begin to take hold, the academic world is examining standard forms of licensing and rights management and finding them lacking. While current copyright and intellectual property laws focus on restricting use of materials, authors are beginning to explore new models that center on enabling use while still protecting the academic value of a publication. Some rights are still reserved, but some are proactively licensed at publication time to encourage re-use. These approaches make it clear which rights are licensed for various uses, removing the barrier of copyright and smoothing the way for others to access and use one’s work. One such approach is that taken by Creative Commons, an organization that supplies easy-to-understand, “some rights reserved” licenses for creative work. Authors simply review the list of rights they can grant or restrict, make their choice, and receive a link to a written license that spells out how their work may be used. The licenses work within current copyright laws but clearly state how a work may be used. Copyleft is another alternative license; often used in open source software development and describes how a work can be used and also governs how derivative works are to be licensed as well. Models like these are beginning to gain acceptance among artists, photographers, and musicians; scholarly papers and reports are increasingly released under alternative licenses. Some organizations, such as the New Media Consortium, have made it a policy to release all their work under licenses that facilitate sharing and reuse.

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Nov 1, 2011 10:21 am

1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?

  • Open licensing is not so much about technology, but about philosophy of sharing and most importantly, about understanding the issue of Intellectual Property (so maybe it should be under "digital strategies"). I think this is more important for education that the actual outcome, i.e. open content itself. If learners and teachers do not understand properly the issue of IP and its relation to open licensing, it might happen that they do not understand why they can do (almost) )whatever they want with some content (e.g. open content, public domain) and not with the other content (e.g. copyrighted) - Riina_Vuorikari Riina_Vuorikari Oct 30, 2013
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(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

  • I think understanding public domain is also important. - Riina_Vuorikari Riina_Vuorikari Oct 30, 2013
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(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on European schools education?

  • It can potentially be an enabler of many things (more collaboration among learners & teachers, but also among text book publishers, etc), but most important I think it's the ethical side of things, showing that there are good alternatives for pirating.
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