Rami Olwan

All About CyberLaw, Copyright and Developing Countries

Exploring Open Content at IGF, Sharm Al Sheikh, Egypt,15-18 November 2009

Aurelia J. Schultz blogging in the Afro- Intellectual property blog mentioned the workshop that will be running at the IGF Internet Governance forum entitled “Open Content and Open Content Licensing in the Arab World: challenges  and Opportunities” submitted on behalf of CC Jordan. The IGF will take place in Sharm Al Sheikh, Egypt from 15-18 November 2009.  Aurelia J. Schultz described the workshop that we running as follow:

“The workshop on Open Content and Open Licensing in the Arab World: Opportunities and Challenges Facing Their Use and Applicability is intending to combine contributors from across Northern Africa and the Middle East.  Creative Commons Jordan is organizing the workshop.  Expected African contributors include the Egyptian Linux Users Group, the Creative Commons Tunisia team and Unesco Egypt.

Although this particular workshop is focused on issues in the Arab world, it is likely that many of the take-aways from it will be applicable to the entire continent. Limited enforcement and high piracy rates are certainly concerns applicable to all of Africa.

Based on the contributors, the topic, and the sure-to-be-highly international group of participants, this workshop is bound to produce good things for Northern Africa and the rest of the Arab community. Perhaps the future may even hold an adapted version of the workshop, addressing these issues in Sub-Saharan Africa”.

Thanks Aurelia for mentioning our workshop in your African IP blog, and I agree that we need to discuss open content licensing not only from the perspective of Arab countries but also more generally from a developing country perspective. I hope we can organise a conference on open content licensing in developing countries and to invite all relevant organisation from various developing countries to attend it. I am happy to cooperate with any organisation willing to support this event.



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