How Creative Commons works, and why it enables access to knowledge
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How Creative Commons works, and why it enables access to knowledge

The Copyright Amendment Bill will expedite the development of open educational resources. A big barrier to lifelong learning can be the cost of resources. There are worldwide initiatives to change this, though, and it’s helpful to know how to use these resources legally. One such arrangement is Creative Commons, considered to be the global standard for open licences. These were written by legal experts around the world and dedicated to the public domain . They enable teaching and learning resources to be made available in the public domain. This is usually in their digital form under an open licence and without cost other than the cost of access to the internet. Users of the resources may use, adapt and redistribute them with no or few restrictions. Creative Commons has national chapters in 43 countries . Chapters coordinate the work of individual members and institutions in any country that supports the Creative Commons Global Network. South Africa is on the cusp of making major changes to its copyright law. A new bill is waiting for the signature of President Cyril Ramaphosa. Open licences like Creative Commons are defined in the bill. The bill also states that it: “does not prohibit […]

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