2nd Tuesday Elluminate session

I attended one of the online events that JISC have been running for the OER projects on Tuesday 9th November. The session was focused on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and featured three speakers (well, only two in the end but more about that later!):

  • Jason Miles-Campbell from JISC Legal
  • Naomi Korn, IP Consultant
  • Prodromos Tsiavos, EnCoRe Project

Jason’s presentation looked at some overarching themes/issues to do with licensing and some really useful key points were made.  Areas of interest to me were ensuring that you think about who your audience is/might be before choosing a license (which is sometimes easier said than done), that no project should take risks on IPR with their OER as this will simply pass on the risks to the next user and finally that even if a content creator in an institution doesn’t automatically own their own copyright, that any project will need to deal with those creators sensitively, respecting their role in the creative process.

Next up we were all ready to hear from Naomi Korn, she of the really clear and helpful introductory video on OER IPR.  However, technology was against us that day and Naomi’s audio consistently failed.  She has promised to post the slides and an audio file of her presentation so I’m hoping this will go up on the OER IPR site soon.

Prodromos Tsiavos, who works on the EnCoRe Project at the LSE, then spoke about the use of Creative Commons. He set out some broad ideas and then outlined some useful models:

Broad ideas:

  • Clear ALL content before considering which license to use
  • Even though most OER would not make direct revenue, they can be used to secure future funding so don’t forget that they are valuable!
  • Recognise that OER projects are about the value of relationships rather than value of content


  • Nomad – content and permissions moves between institutions
  • Clean hands – use a central repository and don’t hold any rights yourself
  • Walled gardens –  full rights transfer to central organisation who can then release anything back openly
  • CC Zero – waive ALL rights to content. This ensures maximum number of users and no liability for re-users

It was an interesting session, with some complex ideas explained.  As we’re still getting our collective heads around our content and how it will be licensed, the information and more importantly, the contacts from these sessions will be invaluable.

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