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Tony Bates - New copyright guidelines for Canadian universities and colleges – but do they add clarity?

Tony Bates - New copyright guidelines for Canadian universities and colleges – but do they add clarity? | Open Educational Resources (OER) | Scoop.it

One last note for non-Canadian readers: ignore this post as the law is almost certainly different in your country. Lawyers rule – OK?

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EDUCAUSE: Copyright Challenges in a MOOC Environment

EDUCAUSE: Copyright Challenges in a MOOC Environment | Open Educational Resources (OER) | Scoop.it

The intersection of copyright and the scale and delivery of MOOCs highlights the enduring tensions between academic freedom, institutional autonomy, and copyright law in higher education. To gain insight into the copyright concerns of MOOC stakeholders, EDUCAUSE talked with CIOs, university general counsel, provosts, copyright experts, and other higher education associations. The consensus opinion was that intellectual property questions for MOOC content merit wide discussion because they affect multiple stakeholders and potentially carry significant consequences.

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Classroom Aid: How Much Do You Know about Open License? (#OER)

Classroom Aid: How Much Do You Know about Open License? (#OER) | Open Educational Resources (OER) | Scoop.it

“Teaching, learning and research materials in any medium, digital or otherwise, that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions. Open licensing is built within the existing framework of intellectual property rights as defined by relevant international conventions and respects the authorship of the work.” — Definition of OER by UNESCO, 2002

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EU Commission Wants More Copyright Licensing, But Not Creative Commons Or Fair Use | Techdirt

EU Commission Wants More Copyright Licensing, But Not Creative Commons Or Fair Use | Techdirt | Open Educational Resources (OER) | Scoop.it
While there's no doubt that copyright licensing is a mess that is often holding back key innovations online, it's a bit worrisome to hear about how the EU Commission is exploring the issue. It has set up a "Licenses for Europe"...
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Peter Nowak: World without copyright? Prepare for mind blowing

Peter Nowak: World without copyright? Prepare for mind blowing | Open Educational Resources (OER) | Scoop.it

"House Republicans in the United States last week released a report on copyright that was amazing in its understanding of the topic, but also mind-blowing. It was so forward-thinking, the party’s study committee had no choice but to retract it the very next day, likely because of pressure from frothing-mad copyright lobbyists."

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Another free Open Content Licensing for Educators workshop. 3 - 14 Dec 2012. Registrations now open

Open content licensing for educators is a free online workshop designed for educators and students who want to learn more about open education resources, copyright, and creative commons licenses. OCL4E2012.12 is sponsored the COL Chair in OER at Otago Polytechnic, the UNESCO-COL Chair in OER at Athabasca University and Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand.

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Timothy Vollmer: Ongoing discussions: NonCommercial and NoDerivatives

Timothy Vollmer: Ongoing discussions: NonCommercial and NoDerivatives | Open Educational Resources (OER) | Scoop.it

A few days ago the Students for Free Culture (SFC) published a provocative blog post called “Stop the inclusion of proprietary licenses in Creative Commons 4.0.” The article urged Creative Commons to deprecate (meaning “retire” or similar), or otherwise change the way Creative Commons offers licenses containing the NonCommercial and NoDerivatives terms, because they “do not actually contribute to a shared commons.”

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Derek Keats: Open Educational Resources (#OER) needs to encourage and promote commercial contribution vigorously if it is to mature

Derek Keats: Open Educational Resources (#OER) needs to encourage and promote commercial contribution vigorously if it is to mature | Open Educational Resources (OER) | Scoop.it

It is no secret that I think that the vast majority of people involved in so-called open educational resources don't think about the big picture, they just jump on the metaphorical bandwagon, and the future be damned. My biggest gripe is the widespread misuse of the Creative Commons NonCommercial (NC) restriction in licenses, and I have published on this in the literature as well as in numerous blog posts. The NC restriction has a legitimate purpose, but most uses of it do not conform to that legitimate purpose.

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Kris Shaffer - Licensing educational resources: why an open license?

In this post, I’ll explain what an open license is and advocate for the use of an open license for all educational resources.

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Paul Fain: Saylor Foundation's Free Courses Offer Path to Credit

Paul Fain: Saylor Foundation's Free Courses Offer Path to Credit | Open Educational Resources (OER) | Scoop.it

The Saylor Foundation has nearly finished creating a full suite of free, online  courses in a dozen popular undergraduate majors. And the foundation is now  offering a path to college credit for its offerings by partnering with two  nontraditional players in higher education – Excelsior College and  StraighterLine.

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Free online course: IPR For Educational Environments

This is a free online course about Intellectual Property Rights for Educational Environments. It is primarily aimed at people in higher education designing online learning resources but is also appropriated for academics working in HE staff development.

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Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand: Understand (and teach!) Creative Commons

Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand: Understand (and teach!) Creative Commons | Open Educational Resources (OER) | Scoop.it

Using Creative Commons licences, teachers can make and share open education resources across the N4L. Teachers can also use Creative Commons licences to teach their students about copyright, attribution and referencing–an increasingly essential part of the curriculum.

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Drawing the Blueprint As We Build: Setting Up a Library-based Copyright and Permissions Service for MOOCs

Drawing the Blueprint As We Build: Setting Up a Library-based Copyright and Permissions Service for MOOCs | Open Educational Resources (OER) | Scoop.it

The rapid growth of Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs) in higher education has raised the question of what services libraries on campus can, and should, provide for these courses.  One area in which librarians are frequently the source of advice and assistance is in providing copyright education and obtaining permissions to use copyrighted material, and there is now a pressing need to address those areas for MOOCs. This article describes the creation of a copyright and permissions service for MOOC instructors within the Duke University Libraries.  Although the service has not been free of difficulties, and its success in actually obtaining permission for desired uses has been uneven, overall the response from faculty has been positive, and the libraries believe that this service is a fruitful and sensible way for them to support the MOOC phenomenon.

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An overview of copyright issues surrounding the use of OER which is aimed at librarians

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Article on Copyright and Permissions for MOOCs

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How Copyright Makes Books and Music Disappear (and How Secondary Liability Rules Help Resurrect Old Songs)

How Copyright Makes Books and Music Disappear (and How Secondary Liability Rules Help Resurrect Old Songs) | Open Educational Resources (OER) | Scoop.it

A random sample of new books for sale on Amazon.com shows more books for sale from the 1880’s than the 1980’s. Why? This paper presents new data on how copyright seems to make works disappear. First, a random sample of 2300 new books for sale on Amazon.com is analyzed along with a random sample of 2000 songs available on new DVD’s. Copyright status correlates highly with absence from the Amazon shelf. Together with publishing business models, copyright law seems to stifle distribution and access. Second, the availability on YouTube of songs that reached number one on the U.S., French, and Brazilian pop charts from 1930-60 is analyzed in terms of the identity of the uploader, type of upload, number of views, date of upload, and monetization status. An analysis of the data demonstrates that the DMCA safe harbor system as applied to YouTube helps maintain some level of access to old songs by allowing those possessing copies (primarily infringers) to communicate relatively costlessly with copyright owners to satisfy the market of potential listeners.

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OER License Generator: A Copyright tool for openly licensed resources

Not all licenses are compatible with each other. This OER License Generator is designed to help you explore the different combinations of licenses when combining two different resources and the Creative Commons license information to display in your new work.

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Complete Copyright Webinar Video Now Available

Complete Copyright Webinar Video Now Available | Open Educational Resources (OER) | Scoop.it

Webinar video from the ALA webinar “Complete Copyright for K–12 Librarians and Educators” is now available. As part of the webinar developed specifically for instructors and school librarians, bestselling copyright authority Carrie Russell discussed common copyright concerns explored in her newly released book of the same title.

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Richard Stallman: On-line education is using a flawed Creative Commons license

"Prominent universities are using a nonfree license for their digital educational works.  That is bad already, but even worse, the license they are using has a serious inherent problem."

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Robin Wharton: Bright Lines and Golden Rules: Copyright, Fair Use, Critical Pedagogy

Robin Wharton: Bright Lines and Golden Rules: Copyright, Fair Use, Critical Pedagogy | Open Educational Resources (OER) | Scoop.it

"Have you ever overheard this conversation, or something similar, in the departmental copy room? One teacher says, “How many pages of a book can I copy and still call it fair use? Another teacher replies, “I think it’s ten percent (or ten pages).” I overhear these conversations all the time. As a recovering corporate intellectual property attorney I am perhaps especially attuned to them. One always correct potential answer to the question is, “Well, that depends.” "

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Joshua Kim : 4 Thoughts About Boundless, Publishers, and the Lawsuit

Joshua Kim : 4 Thoughts About Boundless, Publishers, and the Lawsuit | Open Educational Resources (OER) | Scoop.it

"What Boundless does is to map open source content to chapters and sections of  dominant textbooks. Students can enter the name of the assigned textbook on  Boundless site, and the site automatically creates an aligned web based textbook  (that is also totally free).   
Topics that Boundless  covers include: writing, sociology, economics, psychology, business, biology,  history, and physiology."

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Paul Stacey: Copyright and Personal Transformation

Paul Stacey: Copyright and Personal Transformation | Open Educational Resources (OER) | Scoop.it

Packed up my office at BCcampus, took down the artwork, threw away the small amount of paper archives I had, loaded up the pickup truck, and closed the office door behind me. Thus ends almost 9 years at BCampus – the longest I’ve worked anywhere.

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Derek Keats: Proposal for a Creative Commons NNP restriction for #OER

NNP stands for non-non-profit, and would prevent public educational instututions and non-profits from making use of resources released as Open Educational Resources by people who run their own companies, or who work for for profit entities.

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Natalya Berenshteyn: Great CC Resources from the Community

Natalya Berenshteyn: Great CC Resources from the Community | Open Educational Resources (OER) | Scoop.it
Creative Commons licenses provide a flexible range of protections and freedoms for authors, artists, and educators. For people wanting to learn about CC and its application in different sectors, there is a sea of materials available online.
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Cory Doctorow: WIPO's Broadcasting Treaty is back: a treaty to end the public domain, fair use and Creative Commons

Cory Doctorow: WIPO's Broadcasting Treaty is back: a treaty to end the public domain, fair use and Creative Commons | Open Educational Resources (OER) | Scoop.it
The UN's World Intellectual Property Organization's Broadcasting Treaty is back. This is the treaty that EFF and its colleagues killed five years ago, but Big Content won't let it die.
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Sarah Morehouse: Explanation of the Creative Commons for Open Educational Resources

An explanation of the Creative Commons for faculty who create Open Educational Resources.

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