Creative Commons in Africa

Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools. The Creative Commons have a free-to-use copyright licenses. Their copyright licenses are pretty simple, standardized, and a way to give the public permission to share their creative work, on variable conditions of their choice. Thus, with Creative Commons, its not always “All Rights Reserved”, you can choose to make “Some Rights Reserved”.

Creative Commons, headquartered in Mountain View and started in 2001, is devoted to expanding the range of creative works available for people to build upon legally and share.

Tobias Schonwetter, a copyright specialist, currently based in South Africa (though German) is a core member of the Creative Commons South Africa. Tobias was present at the Open Advocate Training Course today and talked about Creative Commons. Tobias shared with the students the various options available for licensing content and how Creative Commons does not get in the way of creators. In fact, Creative Commons is not an alternative to copyright laws in different countries. Rather, Creative Commons allows creators to enjoy sharing their creations just the way they want it.

Throughout his presentation slides, Tobias emphasizes how sharing content under the Creative Commons licenses can be a great way of allowing a creator to share creations or works as wide as possible, however, retaining the originality of, and enjoying attribution.

Africa Wikipedians at WikiaAfrica training

Creative Commons in South Africa is strong with its affiliate program beginning in 2011. The Creative Commons South Africa wishes to use their presence in the country to focus on Universities, software programmers, media geeks, musicians, authors, publishers, and marketers through Conference talks, website, social media platform, Legal advice and email.

One core of their priority in South Africa is to get and support interested organizations or website owners to share their content using the Creative Commons 3.0 license which contains many improvements over the 2.5 version.

An interactive session, which features each student explaining what Creative Commons is and how to use it to someone interested in having his content under the CC license.

Erina Mukata shares her experience of the Creative Commons discussion.

To license your content using Creative Commons, there are six options you can choose from. Get a license today from the Creative Commons website and share your content with “Some Rights Reserved”.

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