Creative Commons

Copyright Protection in the Digital Age workshop at the Library of Alexandria

Creative Commons | Middle East

I will be talking at the Copyright Protection in the Digital Age workshop at the Library of Alexandria from 29 September - 1 October 2009 in Alexandria, Egypt

This workshop will focus on copyright issues and the new tools to access and disseminate knowledge in the Arab countries.

The workshop will cover the following topics:

  • An introduction to copyright laws, definitions, international treaties and works protected by copyright
  • The World Intellectual Property Organization and its Development Agenda proposed by developing countries in 2004
  • New tools to access and disseminate knowledge: Creative Commons licenses, Free and Open Source Software and open access
  • Creative Commons licenses in the Arab world
  • Licensing in the digital age
  • The protection of software and databases

Free Culture Research Workshop 2009

Creative Commons

The Free Culture Research Workshop 2009 is looking for scholars working on:

  • Studies on the use and growth of open/free licensing models
  • Critical analyses of the role of Creative Commons or similar models in promoting a Free Culture
  • Building innovative technical, legal, organizational, or business solutions and interfaces between the sharing economy and the commercial economy
  • Modeling incentives, innovation and community dynamics in open collaborative peer production and in related social networks
  • Economic models for the sustainability of commons-based production
  • Successes and failures of open licensing
  • Analyses of policies, court rulings or industry moves that influence the future of Free Culture
  • Regional studies of Free Culture with global lessons/implications
  • Lessons from implementations of open/free licensing and distribution models for specific communities
  • Definitions of openness and freedom for different media types, users and communities
  • Broader sociopolitical, legal and cultural implications of
  • Free Culture initiatives and peer production practices
  • Free Culture, Memory Institutions and the broader Public Sector
  • Open Science/ Research/ Education
  • Cooperation theory and practice, dynamics of cooperation and competition
  • Methodological approaches for studying the characteristics, history, impact or growth of Free Culture

It is tremendously exciting to see the commons attracting this research interest. The workshop will be held October 23 at Harvard. Submissions are due August 9.

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