D2.2 Overview of European copyright legislation and open content licenses

Title: Overview of European copyright legislation and open content licenses
Author: Ignasi Labastida
Date: April 2014
Summary: This report provides a short introduction to current copyright legislation in Europe and open content licensing. In this digital information era, copyright is not only important for lawyers and professionals, but any person who creates a new work can decide how they want others to make use of it, for example, by allowing others to translate, add to or modify the work without first seeking specific permission to do so. These days, a work can be copied and disseminated widely at almost no cost. Educators and learners have access to millions of works via the internet but there is a need to understand, in the context of the current copyright legislation, how specific works can and cannot be used. To understand how open content can be used, one needs to first understand the legal framework upon which open licensing is built.

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