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The Access Compromise and the 5th R

David Wiley revisits his “4 R” framework (Reuse, Revise, Remix, Redistribute) for understanding the spectrum of permissions that define an open education resource (OER). Wiley discusses an access compromise to ownership of learning resources in which “programs like textbook buyback, textbook rental, digital subscription programs, and DRM-laden ebook programs, each of which results in students completely losing access to their required textbooks at the end of term.” Wiley suggests that the open education community should advance the idea of ownership and asks, “For all of their willingness to share access to open educational resources, how many OER publishers go out of their way to make it easy for you to grab a copy of their OER that you can own and control forever?” To this end, he has introduced a fifth “R” into his OER framework: Retain–the right to make, own, and control copies of the content.

Link: http://opencontent.org/blog/archives/3221

Creative Commons’ Next Generation Licenses – What’s New in Version 4.0.

Creative Commons (CC) recently launched a new version of their copyright license suite which allows creators “to communicate which rights they reserve and which rights they waive for the benefit of recipients.”  The 4.0 CC licenses have a global jurisdiction as CC worked closely with an “international network of affiliates and countless other experts and stakeholders to make 4.0 the most internationally enforceable set of CC licenses to date.” Additionally, the 4.0 version updates the attribution requirement to be more “common-sense” and contains a 30-day window to correct license violations.

Link: http://creativecommons.org/version4