School Of Open – Outreach in South Africa

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In September the School of Open Africa launched in Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria, and South Africa. The School of Open in Kenya has proved successful thus far but how have the other jurisdictions fared?

Kelsey from CC South Africa has since then have been planning the next phase of Kumusha Bus to involve the local members of the South African community that helps spread goals CC South Africa wants to achieve.

The School of Open South Africa is about showing Creative Commons licenses to the South African community.

The School of Open South Africa has also gotten Mozilla Festival involved in its School Of Open initiative and although it is only just beginning it is off to a very promising start and is a project worth looking out for.

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Creative Commons Kenya – A Brief Recap

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Before even proceeding with this post it is important to ask yourself if you have ever heard of Creative Commons and its goal. If the answer is no the question that arises is what is Creative Commons?

Creative Commons (CC) is a non-profit organisation that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tool. CC’s free, easy-to-use copyright licenses provide a simple, standardized way to give the public permission to share and use your creative work – on conditions of your choice. A Creative Commons license is used when an author wants to give people the right to share, use, and build upon a work that they have created.

However Creative Commons also protects the people who use your work, so they do not have to worry about copyright infringement, as long as they abide by the conditions of the CC license you have specified.

Creative Commons was founded in 2001 by Lawrence Lessig, Hal Abelson, and Eric Eldred in the United States. Creative Commons is a much newer concept in Kenya that not many people are aware of. The aim of Creative Commons Kenya is to change this by provide an awareness among individuals as to their rights and methods to protect their work and themselves from plagiarism.

However Creative Commons is more than a non-profit organisation. In fact it is a community made up of individuals from different walks of life that share a mutual interest. Creative Commons in Kenya is but one of many affiliates of the organisation. On November 8th 2012, the CC Kenya affiliate was launched at Strathmore University. During the launch of this CC project, Strathmore’s Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law (CIPIT) was chosen as Public Lead for CC Kenya whereas the National Council for Law Reporting (NCLR) was chosen as Legal Lead for CC Kenya.

Recently the Creative Commons community held the Creative Commons Global Summit in Seoul, South Korea. CC Africa Regional Coordinator Alex Gakuru (from Kenya), CC Kenya Legal Lead representative Nelson Tunoi along with CC Kenya volunteer Simeon Oriko all attended the Summit.

A major focus area for Creative Commons Kenya was that of being engaged in projects to do with open education resources, government adoption, health, advocacy, ICT development, business models and transparency. Although it is a slow growth the organization is taking a step in the direction that it set out in.

Creative Commons Kenya is growing slowly and achieving the focus areas that the organisation first sought to achieve through the aid of various schemes and projects. One such project is the ‘School of Open’ was launched by CIPIT in partnership with the NCLR and jamlab with an aim to introduce the concept of “Open” to high school students all over the country and engage them in the use of Open Education Resources.

The ‘School of Open’ Kenya Initiative is an after school program that helps them learn about Creative Commons licenses, as well as participate in open culture through collaboration, remix and sharing.

Creative Commons Kenya is sure to be a household name soon as more and more Kenyans learn about the initiative and how it can serve as an advantage to them.

Creative Commons Kenya “School of Open” Launch!

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Creative Commons Kenya is pleased to invite you all to the Creative Commons “School of Open” Launch set to take place on the 23rd of February 2013 at Precious Blood Secondary School, Riruta. Through this event, CIPIT (Public Lead for Creative Commons Kenya) in partnership with the NCLR (Legal Lead for Creative Commons Kenya) and jamlab aims to introduce the concept of “Open” to high school students all over the country and engage them in the use of Open Education Resources. The chief guest at the launch will be Dr. Bitange Ndemo, PS in the Ministry of Information and Communication among other key invited guests. Proceedings will run from 09:30am to 12:30pm.

As a background, the School of Open is an open community project that aims to help anyone in the world understand what “open” means in the world around us, especially as it applies in the digital medium also known as the internet and how it can benefit creative endeavours across all fields including education, science, research and the arts.

The School of Open is a joint initiative being coordinated by two organisations: Peer to Peer University (P2PU) and Creative Commons (CC). While P2PU encompasses all types of courses, the soo is focused on the specific domain of openness. P2PU believe that open resources can improve access to and participation in research, education, technology and culture BUT not enough people know what “open” means or how to apply it.

As for CC, it is a non-profit organisation that offers a legal framework (through licenses) for the voluntary sharing of creative works on the web such music, videos, photos and educational resources like textbooks. With CC, creators can grant copy and reuse permissions in advance without having to negotiate rights each and every time. CC licenses also form the backbone of the Open Educational Resources (OER) movement. A movement of organisations and individuals that offer free educational resources under CC licenses to anyone in the world.

CC Kenya Celebrates 10 Years of Creative Commons in Style

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After being named Public Lead for the newly launched Creative Commons Kenya project, CIPIT’s first order of business was to throw a fitting birthday party to celebrate 10 years of the CC movement worldwide!

The event, which took place earlier today at the Strathmore Business School, was a smashing success largely due to the support from all our participants and sponsors, including Kenya Film Commission, Kenya ICT Board, Google, the firm of TripleOLaw Advocates and Hadithi.org.

Creative Commons Kenya Launched!

Today, the Strathmore Business School played host to a historic Creative Commons (CC) Meeting in Nairobi whose main objective was to formally launch the Creative Commons Kenya Project and the various Project Leads. Other agendas in the meeting include exploring how CC licenses catalyse local content development, discussing how to assist creative sector better assert its presence online, harnessing Open Education Resources (OER) potential to realise Universal Education, along Millennium Development Goals, among many other creative content benefits.

During this meeting, Strathmore’s CIPIT was chosen as Public Lead, Creative Commons Kenya whereas the National Council for Law Reporting (NCLR) was chosen as Legal Lead, Creative Commons Kenya. This blogger is particularly excited by these new developments following the appointments of Mr. Alex Gakuru and Dr. Tobias Schonwetter as CC Africa Regional Coordinators.

In a post this blogger penned several months ago titled: “The Challenge for Creative Commons in Kenya”, it was argued that the success of CC in Kenya would require that the government and the CC Team now in place work hand in hand to raise general consciousness and awareness on issues of licensing in respect to copyright and related rights. Indeed, this is a challenge for all of us IP enthusiasts who are passionate about Intellectual Property (IP) becoming a tool that Kenyans can use for economic growth and prosperity. Therefore we must all feel part and parcel of the newly-created Creative Commons Kenya Team through active support and contribution.

PS: For those on Twitter, please follow us at @StrathCIPIT as well as @CCKenya for more updates and information on the Creative Commons Kenya Project.