[cc-education] OLPC Thoughts
stephen at downes.ca
Mon Jun 19 10:19:19 EDT 2006
My own thought is that the purpose of licenses addressed at specific
target groups, such as kids, is:
(a) to create a market of customers used to receiving a certain sort of
(b) to charge commercial access fees for the same content outside that
So my own inclination is not to support such licenses. I see no reason
to start charging a person for content just because they turn 18, and
have no interest in supporting a mechanism that makes this possible.
Just my view.
AYO KUSAMOTU wrote:
>Here are some of the thoughts expressed so far :
>1. New (Kids-Only?) License(s)
> The creation of a new CC licenses or licenses that
> reuse of work by children only. This would
>conceivably be used by
> folks trying to license their content for children.
>There are other
> licenses, like the developing nations license,
> conceivably be modified for OLPC use.
>2. Rewording Existing Licensing Descriptions for
> An organized effort to reword or rewrite the
> of CC licenses so that they are understandable by
>3. CC-Connected Publishing Tools
> A project to ensure that OLPC-created authoring and
> tools are able to speak and express CC-style
>metadata out of the
>4. Statement/Position in Favor of Free Access of Kids
> A principled statement or position in favor of free
>and fair reuse
> and a plan to build this into the OLPC platform and
> without bogging kids down in a licensing and
> that intrudes upon content creation.
>In our short conversation in Cambridge, we seemed to
>think that the
>second, third, and fourth items were each things we
>wanted to pursue.
>The first item was not something that we were
>in pursuing for a number of reasons. These range from
>with license proliferation to concerns about
>enforceability to the
>lack of a stated by desire by content producers for
>such a license.
>Most importantly IMHO, a "kids-only" license seems to
>previous statements to software producers against
>not-quite-free/open software because it would not
>create a platform
>that would be able to grow up with the children.
>I think we would be best served to work closely with
>CC to help them
>rewrite their license descriptions so that kids can
>and to help integrate the ability to deal with CC
>metadata into the
>publishing tools in OLPC software.
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