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License Mapping Report 15_Dec_ 2008 COLOR V2

License Mapping Report 15_Dec_ 2008 COLOR V2

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"With the support of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, ccLearn
surveyed the copyright licensing policies of several hundred educational projects
or organizations on the Internet to assess whether these legal conditions limit the
usefulness of self-designated open resources from the user’s perspective."
"With the support of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, ccLearn
surveyed the copyright licensing policies of several hundred educational projects
or organizations on the Internet to assess whether these legal conditions limit the
usefulness of self-designated open resources from the user’s perspective."

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What status for “open”? An examination of the licensingpolicies of open educationalorganizations and projects
 Version 1.015 December 2008
 
 A  Report from to The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
This report is licensed using aCreative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.Please attribute: “ccLearn 2008.http://learn.creativecommons.org
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 AN EXAMINATION OF THE LICENSING POLICIES OF OPEN EDUCATIONALORGANIZATIONS AND PROJECTS
  About this report:This report was researched and written by ccLearn, comprised of AhrashBissell (Executive Director), Jane Park (Research Assistant andCommunications Coordinator), and Andrew Brooks (Research Assistant).ccLearn also has a board of expert advisers who contributed significantediting and oversight to this report: Hal Abelson (Professor of ComputerScience and Engineering at MIT), James Boyle (William Neal ReynoldsProfessor of Law at Duke Law School), Michael Carroll (Professor of Lawat the American University), and Esther Wojcicki (Teacher of Journalismand English at Palo Alto High School). We gratefully acknowledge thefeedback and insights of other members of the Creative Commons stafffor feedback and guidance on this report. We would especially like tothank the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation for providing support forthis research and activities to follow.This report is available for download and distribution in several differentformats. Please visithttp://learn.creativecommons.org/ccLearn reports for all versions and additional details.ccLearnCreative Commons171 Second St, Ste 300San Francisco, CA 94105cclearn-info@creativecommons.org 
December 2008. This report is licensed using aCreative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.Please attribute: “ccLearn 2008.http://learn.creativecommons.org
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 AN EXAMINATION OF THE LICENSING POLICIES OF OPEN EDUCATIONALORGANIZATIONS AND PROJECTS
 
Table of Contents
Executive Summary 
 
1
 
Background
 
2
 
1. The Role of Copyright Law 2
 
2. Copyright and Education
3
 
Methods and Results 4
 
1. Identifying OER providers
 
2. Limitations 5
 
3. Finding the License Terms
 
4. Categorizing the licensing policies
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Findings and Interpretation 11
 
1. The terms and conditions imposed by the OER provider were oftendifficult to find and to understand. 12
 
2. OER providers imposed a diverse set of "open" conditions on usersthrough their copyright licenses, some of which contradicted the general understanding of openness. 12
 
3. The terms of different licenses are often incompatible with one another in a way that prevents combining materials from different providers. 13
 
Recommendations 14
 
1. Clarity and Identification of License Terms. 14 
 
2. License Standardization. 15
 
3. License Compatibility and Reuse. 15
 
Conclusion 16
 
Appendix A – 
Examples of the Open or Free Statement of “Open” Sites 17
 

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