I have learned so much on copyright and Creative Commons licenses although I thought I had a solid knowledge on those subjects.
My results in the Copyright taster quiz on misconceptions on copyright were pretty good. However, I have never had a clear understanding on how copyright works – I thought that it was necessary to mark your work with copyright in order to protect it. On the other hand, since I wasn’t sure about that, I have had included only works with CC licenses in my own derivative works. Actually, all works are protected by copyright by default whether they have or don’t have a copyright sign (unless they are marked with CC or some other lenient license).
I was pleasantly surprised to learn that, although nowadays copyright protects distributors, not authors, that copyright law was introduced in 1710 to limit the rights of The Stationers Company, which had a printing monopoly in England.
I was aware that IPR was a complex field, including differences in national legislation. I learned that the common basis was established by the Berne convention. However, the copyright issue is still very complex for me, which was confirmed in the Copyright case study. It looks like the best solution is to use resources published under lenient CC licenses or to ask permission for other works.
The session 4 on Creative Commons licenses was very useful – I learned more about three layers of CC licenses and especially about compatibility among different CC licenses. The compatibility issue is one of the reasons I’ve changed my mind about NC attribute of CC license. Now I think NC attribute should be avoided and I favor CC BY-SA license.
I enjoyed watching all videos including Justin Cone talking about his video “Creativity builds on the past“. I find his message very powerful: Share now. Shape tomorrow. I agree with many ideas expressed by Chris Betcher, an Australian educator, including that educators help kids to build the next generation of culture and that it would be sad if we couldn’t do that because some companies and people claim things that can’t be claimed. Luckily, CC licenses make it easier to share culture. While watching Frances Ferreira I realized I had used to think about OER in context of Croatia, where most children finish primary and secondary school. However, Frances Ferreira is talking about OER in a completely different context in which millions of children don’t have opportunity to attend or finish primary school. OER might bring a substantial benefit to their lives. By creating and publishing OER we can help those children to gain their right for education as a fundamental human right.
I was familiar with term Free cultural works from CC license chooser. In this course I learned more about it including the importance of considering technical issues. We need to fulfill additional conditions for a work to be considered free: availability of source data, free format, no technical or other restrictions.
The overall learning experience in this course was great. In this part of the course I read all materials, did the quizzes and case study, wrote microblog entries, participated in discussion forum and watched the videos. I find all these activities very useful. I like the videos very much because the speakers are great – they really have something to say. I will finish this reflection quoting Cathy Casserly, CEO of CC: CC licenses provide avenue for knowledge sharing within appropriate legal framework. Let’s drive!