Rami Olwan

All About CyberLaw, Copyright and Developing Countries

Arab Countries

Copyright Law in the United Arab Emirates and Technological Digital Advances

Copyright law is important for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as the county aims to be a leading nation in the region and globally by the Golden Jubilee of the Union.

CCI symposium, 10-12 Nov, Melbourne

I attended for three days in Melbourne the CCI Symposium. CCI is a leading forum on Creativity and Innovation in Australia. In 2010, the Australian Research Council has approved funding for their second stage of research. I gave a presentation with research colleagues about the role of copyright in enhancing creativity in the Arab world.

Report: Digitally Open: Innovation and Open Access Forum, 23 Oct 2010, Doha, Qatar

Although I arrived in early morning of Saturday, 23 October 2010, I managed to attend Digitally Open: Innovation and Open Access Forum, held at Sharq Village, Doha Qatar. Here is below a summary of the event.

CC Gatalyst Grants Program

The deadline for submitting the proposals for the CC Catalyst program ended on 30th June 2010. The purpose of the program is to “further the CC’s mission of building legal and technical infrastructure for the commons”.

IGF workshop No. 176 Entitled “Open Content and Open Licensing in the Arab World: Opportunities and Challenges Facing their Use and Applicability”

Professor Brian Fitzgerald from Queensland University of technology has chaired the workshop on “Open Content and Open Licensing in the Arab World: Opportunities and Challenges Facing their use and Applicability” and gave an introductory remark on Creative Commons and its importance to the region.

Presentation: Copyright and Innovation in the Digital Age: The United Arab Emirates

The rise of digital networked technologies has meant that copyright is now central to most everything we do from recreation to research. Every time we use digital technology – which needs to reproduce and communicate to operate – we automate the possibility of copyright infringement.

Report on CC-Al Jazeera day, 14 March 2009, Doha, Qatar

The meeting of CC in the Arab world, which was hosted by Al Jazeera was successful in bringing together enthusiasts from across the Arab world with various backgrounds to discuss the development of the movement in the region.

Fourth Al Jazeera Annual Forum, 14- 16 March 2009, Doha, Qatar

AL Jazeera has invited Creative Commons Organization (CC) to its Fourth Annual forum scheduled to be held in Doha, Qatar on the 14-16 March 2009. There will be a regional meeting for CC Arab world in which there will be a discussion of the latest challenges, opportunities and future developments of the movement in the region.

Arabic Open Content Workshop – Riyadh – KSA- 17-18/1/2009

King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), which is an independent scientific organization, administratively attached to the Prime Minister (the king) is holding a two day workshop in Riyadh on 17/18-1-2009 entitled “Arabic Open Content”.

Internet and Cell Phone Use in the Middle East

I found recently an interesting post by vicotoria Stodden, a fellow at the Berkman Centre for Internet and Society. She compares depending on the data provided by the International Telecommunication Union; internet use and cell phones subscriptions between the U.S and the Middle East.

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