OER on Fair Use: A Collaboration to Push Boundaries
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  • Thank you. It’s a pleasure to be here. Thanks to Connexions and the consortium for inviting me to speak about MIT OpenCourseWare. My name is Lindsey Weeramuni and I am the Intellectual Property for MIT OpenCourseWare.

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  • 1. OER on Fair Use: A Collaboration to Push Boundaries February 6, 2009 Lindsey Weeramuni
  • 2. Purpose and Goals Why now? Scope and Timeframe Methodology Potential Conflicts / Opportunities
  • 3. “ To open up the institution’s vast reservoirs of knowledge is a monumental and inspiring endeavor.” — Student, Canada Purpose and Goals Why now? Scope and Timeframe Methodology Potential Conflicts / Opportunities
  • 4.
    • the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;
    • the nature of the copyrighted work;
    • amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and
    • the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.
    Purpose and Goals Section 107: The Four Factors
  • 5. Purpose and Goals Today’s meeting:
    • What are we doing?
      • Claiming the fair use exception in our open educational resources.
    • Why haven’t we done this before?
      • Risk in isolation is scary!
    • How can you help?
      • Offer ideas for research questions.
  • 6. Purpose and Goals Key Questions
    • • Do you employ fair use in your OER?
    • Why or why not?
    • Are you familiar with the Documentary Filmmakers’ statement about fair use?
    • Are you interested in developing a similar document for OERs?
  • 7. Purpose and Goals The Goal
    • Create a Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Open Courseware.
    • Such a Code makes public tacit understanding of what is a fair interpretation of fair use for the open courseware environment. Doing so lowers both ambiguity and risk, and increases awareness.
  • 8. “ Figure removed due to copyright restrictions.”
  • 9.  
  • 10. “ OCW motivates my students and gives them access to a wider knowledge base." — Educator, India Purpose and Goals Why now? Scope and Timeframe Methodology Potential Conflicts / Opportunities
  • 11. Why now? How We Got Here Today
    • Gatekeepers at MIT are very conservative
      • Open sharing via CC license precludes a fair use claim
      • MIT OCW published under a unified CC BY-NC-SA license
    • Then we talked to Yale
    • “ Community of users” approach was the way to go
  • 12. “ The future of our global village looks bright to me when I see this knowledge opened to one and all.” — Self learner, United States Purpose and Goals Why now? Scope and Timeframe Methodology Potential Conflicts / Opportunities
  • 13. Scope and Timeframe Who is in this group? American University Center for Social Media (consultants) Creative Commons Johns Hopkins School of Public Health MIT Tufts University UC Berkeley University of Michigan University of Notre Dame Yale University … and special thanks to the Hewlett Foundation
  • 14. Scope and Timeframe AU Center for Social Media Filmmakers Online video Media literacy
  • 15. Scope and Timeframe How long will it take? February: Kick off project February – April: Research & Interviews Late April: Report on findings May: Draft Code Late July: Legal review of Code September: Code released Summer: Could we do this? MIT and Yale talk September: OpenEd Birds-of-a-Feather Oct. 7 First conference call Oct. 29 Peter Jazsi joins second conference call December: Hewlett grant submitted 2008 2009
  • 16. “ OCW is inspiring me to push harder and enjoy learning with the assurance that I'm getting the best." — Student, Nigeria Purpose and Goals Why now? Scope and Timeframe Methodology Potential Conflicts / Opportunities
  • 17. Methodology Plans
    • Remote communication
    • Long-form interviews and research
    • Work done in Basecamp
    • Collated by Peter and Patricia
    • Convene all parties in late spring to draft the Code
  • 18. Methodology Progress to Date
    • Idea hatched at OpenEd
    • Two group teleconferences so far
    • Internal communication with stakeholders on campus
    • February 10: Kick-off teleconference
    • Selecting research subjects
  • 19. “ This is an incredible opportunity to get the feeling that I am still in a university campus!” — Self learner, United Arab Emirates Purpose and Goals Why now? Scope and Timeframe Methodology Potential Conflicts / Opportunities
  • 20. Potential Conflicts / Opportunities Local Details to Consider
    • Issues for each member to explore:
    • For producer
    • For institution: conflicts with other groups on campus?
    • For process
      • MIT example: a fourth approach to IP?
      • Efficient or not?
  • 21. Potential Conflicts / Opportunities Your Input Here!
    • Research questions?
    • Stories of omitted content?
    • Too much IP in the content?
    • How would you anticipate using a fair use statement?
  • 22. Thank You! Visit MIT OpenCourseWare online at http://ocw.mit.edu Email Lindsey Weeramuni at lweera@mit.edu