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

  • We'll see if the next administration picks up the reigns, but the federal department's #GoOpen initiative has brought this conversation to the forefront. - shorr shorr Mar 31, 2016
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(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

  • Might be worth including #GoOpen (unless its too partisan) and the phrase Open Educational Resources (OER) in the description - shorr shorr Mar 31, 2016
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(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on teaching, learning, or creative inquiry?

  • Dramatically increasing the budget schools have available for devices, creating effective learning spaces, and support staff like instructional coaches. Game changing. - shorr shorr Mar 31, 2016
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(4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area?

  • We're involved in #GoOpen. I can also put you in touch with Andrew Marcinek, the federal departments OER advisor if you don't know him. We're also working with Vista Unified in California and Kettle Moraine in Wisconsin on an inter-state, inter-disciplinary, competency based, middle school project that focuses on the use of OER - shorr shorr Mar 31, 2016
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