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Taking OER beyond the OER Community; my response 3

Taking OER beyond the OER Community  is a joint initiative of  UNESCO and Commonwealth of Learning (COL). I am posting here my responses in the series of online discussions conducted as part of the above initiative.  My responses to the queries on the two themes:- (1)  Policy and capacity (2) What works, what does not and under what conditions?were added here earlier. Today, response to the queries on the third themeCopyright and the development and re-use of OERs is given below (See the forum at http://lists.esn.org.za/mailman/listinfo/oer-forum).

 The capital for our thought process is the unimaginably huge investment made by the generations from times unknown. It is this selfless capital investment that build civilizations, which in turn support and facilitate the continued flourishing of the thought process. Locking them up with copy rights actually means betraying generations and stopping the further development of civilizations. Therefore Laws on copy right including IPR should …

Taking OER beyond the OER Community; my responses in the online discussions

Taking OER beyond the OER Community  is a joint initiative of  UNESCO and Commonwealth of Learning (COL). I am posting here my responses in the series of online discussions conducted as part of the above initiative.  The responses in this blog are related to the queries on the following two themes:- (1)  Policy and capacity & (2) What works, what does not and under what conditions?. Discussions on the third themeCopyright and the development and re-use of OERs will commence from tomorrow (15/11/2010) (See the forum at http://lists.esn.org.za/mailman/listinfo/oer-forum)
Theme: Policy and capacity:
Definitely Neil is right in his analysis of the economic changes taking place in the education content market and, in fact, I would say, it is a desired change also. Apart from all other crucial academic issues that demand the production and distribution of OER, now we have environmental causes also.
When knowledge repositories are not open, so called reinventing the wheel will happen a…