Monday, 30 June 2014

Sharing in South Africa just got a little easier

CC logo South Africa now has its own version of the Creative Commons 3.0 licenses.  Launched last week, the ZA 3.0 suite is the very final suite of 3.0 Creative Commons licenses to be adapted to a specific country.  It is the third suite of 3.0 Creative Commons licenses on the continent, joining Uganda and Egypt.

Dr. Tobias Schonwetter, Director of the Intellectual Property Law and Policy Unit at the University of Cape Town, headed the Creative Commons South Africa Legal Team in this process.  For more information about the full South African legal team, see the Creative Commons South Africa page.  The licenses were several years in the making and this Little Leo has to admit to being a tad biased in her excitement for their release.  (She was part of the process for these licenses when she worked at Creative Commons and played a role in bringing them to their final release.)

The suite of Creative Commons licenses allows owners of copyright to let other people use their works without having to grant individual permission every single time.  The licenses grant the permissions the copyright owner wants to grant and allow users to quickly gauge what uses are allowed.  There are 6 Creative Commons licenses.  For those who want to use the South African suite of licenses, see the list of links below.  For those who want to use the global 4.0 licenses, visit the Creative Commons license chooser.

  • CC BY – Attribution required for use  This one should look familiar to readers at is the license on Afro-IP
  • CC BY NC – Attribution required for use and use can only be for non-commercial purposes
  • CC BY SA – Attribution required for use and any derivative works must be licensed under the same license as the original
  • CC BY ND – Attribution required for use and user cannot make derivative works without additional permission
  • CC BY NC SA – Attribution required for use, use can only be for non-commercial purposes and any derivative works must be licensed under the same license
  • CC BY NC ND – Attribution required for use, use can only be for non-commercial purposes and derivative works are not allowed

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