Open House Seminar on Creative Commons

Creative commons: A means to expand flexible copyright and to enhance knowledge sharing?

Open house seminar – July 9th – CTA Headquarters

The Creative Commons (CC) is a non-profit organization devoted to expanding the range of creative work available for others legally to build upon and share. The organization has released several copyright licenses known as Creative Commons licenses. These licenses, depending on the one chosen, restrict only certain rights (or none) of the work.

CTA is pleased to invite you on July 9th at 10h30 AM to a presentation by Paul Keller, the CC representative in the Netherlands. The aim of the meeting is to learn more about a new way to protect online publications (print, audio, images and video) while allowing a wide public to use them.

Too often the debate over creative control tends to oppose a vision of total control (“all rights reserved”) and another one considered as “anarchical” — a world in which creators enjoy a wide range of freedom but are left vulnerable to exploitation. Creative Commons is aiming to use private rights to create public goods according to certain rules. Like the free software and open-source movements, their ends are cooperative and community-minded, but their means are voluntary and libertarian.

On line publishing (word, sound, and picture) is a central activity for many development agencies and NGOs (e.g. our own information products but also our partners’ productions in developing countries). Free licensing schemes such as Creative Commons might therefore be an interesting opportunity for all of us and we believe that you and other development organisations who are publishing on line will be interested in learning more about them.
What are the main difficulties we encounter with Web publishing and copyrights? How do Creative Commons licenses operate? What is the advantage of protecting your work with a Creative Commons license? What are the challenges and limitations of these free licensing schemes?

Open house seminar (CTA headquarters – Wageningen)
July 9th 10h30 – 12h30
General presentation followed by discussions and a light sandwich buffet

Location: Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Co-operation ACP-EU (CTA)
Agro Business Park 2, NL 6708PW Wageningen

Please confirm your participation to Mr. Fabian Kabashi or +31 317 467 172
28 June 2007
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