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Copyright is at the focus of attention since digital copies allow for an identic copy without quality loss. Music file sharing added to this "copyright hype". We will explore what the benefits of copyright are, and why copyleft emerged. For those who want to get into the topic, have a look at http://www.lexelerator.eu/Lexelerator a free information platform for legal issues in e-business. Copyright and copyleft are also explained in the legal Wiki.

See also the learning project main page at: http://www.netgeners.net/index.php?option=com_mtree&task=viewlink&link_id=24&Itemid=37


Project objectives


The objectives are to find out more about these apparently contrasting concepts, to discuss why one should opt for copyleft and, eventually to come up with feasible solutions for legal, technical or business models to protect one's intellectual property while contributing to the sharing paradigm of Web 2.0.


Educational goal


The results of the learning project should enable anyone to understand the implications of copyleft and copyright within the digital world, namely the web.

The learning project will show how these licenses are working, including their practical applications and limitations.

The results should provide an overview on the “broad picture” of copyright and copyleft, without going too much into technical details, on how a single license works (e.g. not to discuss too much in detail the differences between a Creative Commons or GPL license)

It is also aimed to show how copyleft and copyright might impacts our daily (web) life

Project tasks and activities

The envisaged project structure is as follows (but this is not a fixed curriculum but rather a living project that can - and should - be changed according to the learners needs and interests):


1st goal: To gather and analyse briefly the available licences

To provide a comparison of the main copyleft licenses, including  a table or a summary providing a more schematic view to be easily to be remembered and understood. Each license has certain restrictions (or not) about distribution. So basically according to the needs of the author, they will choose the appropriate license. The first goal also aims to provide a broad overview on the aspect of copyright, and related patent aspects, without going to deep into the legal details.


2nd goal: To look for the pros and cons of the licenses, including general issues related to copyleft and copyright and how it does affect our daily (web) life


3rd goal: To gather case studies and practical applications of use


Note: Goals 2 and 3 are currently “work at progress” – if you are interested to learn more about the work, or to join in, please have a look at: http://www.netgeners.net/index.php?option=com_smf&Itemid=28&topic=22.0

The current steps forwards are: to find some representative cases, like the Wikipedia vs Britannica and to gather some information on them first and to set the detailed goals after.


4th goal: definition remains open, depending on the outcomes of steps 1 to 3


Project roadmap

For current ongoing discussion on the project roadmap please see: http://www.netgeners.net/index.php?option=com_smf&Itemid=28&topic=22.0


Project outcomes & evaluation

To be discussed


Project History

This course was started by Margaretha Mazura, a doctor in law of the University of Vienna, Austria and is currently lead by Eleni Konstantinou from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.



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