Summary of Open Licensing

 Key Takeaways

  1. Open licenses do not replace copyright. Instead, they work with copyright to allow creators to facilitate the reuse of their work by reducing the usual restrictions.
  2. A license functions like a permission from the copyright holder.
  3. Attribution is the basic condition of all Creative Commons licenses.
  4. Be mindful that the ND condition (NoDerivatives) runs counter to two of the 5Rs (revising and remixing).
  5. Without an open license, an educational resource can be free, but not necessarily “open”.
  6. The Canadian Copyright Act, as it is currently structured, does not adequately account for traditional knowledge. Therefore, open licenses may not be the appropriate tool to manage, share and protect Indigenous knowledge.

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