Creative Commons, open access, and open resources, Oli Usher (1-2pm)

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Creative Commons, open access, and open resources

The web has had a profoundly transformational effect on how we look at copyright, making old laws, old certainties and old ways of thinking out of date. With ownership of creative works no longer linked to physical objects - books, music and photos are all just digital files now - it is now incredibly easy to share and disseminate them. One upshot of this has been piracy. But more positively, a broad movement to adapt and subvert the old laws and make sharing and reuse easier has emerged.

At the centre of this movement is the Creative Commons organisation, a non-profit group started by Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig. Creative Commons promotes a number of simple and legally watertight copyright licences which clearly and unambiguously state what something can be used for. Instead of 'all rights reserved', in which the default position is that you need permission for everything, Creative Commons licences pre-approve certain uses, and range from allowing any use whatsoever providing the work is correctly credited, to only allowing non-commercial use and prohibiting any modifications.

Websites like Wikipedia and Flickr are built on these foundations, as are the open access journal movement, open educational resources and open source software.\n\nThis workshop will look at the different Creative Commons licences, and how you can use them as a content creator and a content user.

It will also take a look at practical issues in copyright law, how it works and covering what kinds of reuse are and aren’t allowed. Questions are encouraged!

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About the session hosts
Oli Usher is the Communications, Marketing and Events Manager for the Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences. Oli is passionate about all things creative commons. Bonus fact: Oli once helped the UCL University Challenge team get into the final!

Aislinn O’Connell is a PhD student in UCL Department of Information Studies and the Faculty of Laws. She studies copyright and publishing.

Jonathan Collins is a PhD student in UCL Faculty of Laws, specialising in intellectual property law and the internet.

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