Workshop and Training on Open Content licensing in Europe

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Date: 19th and 20th of September 2012
Place: University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

The main goal of this two-day event was to clarify legal issues with regard to regulations that govern the ownership and use, reuse or modification of educational resources, which are produced at Higher Education Institutions in Europe. A direct focus is placed upon copyright. Participants will learn about the meaning of the open content licensing framework for OpenCourseWare & Open Educational Resources. They will gain practical skills on how to use such frameworks, through the utilization of Creative Commons licenses, to license and disseminate their own content or to use, reuse or modify educational content produced elsewhere.

Target Audience

Participation in the event will benefit anyone who is interested in or concerned about Intellectual Property Rights in education. However, the following representatives from Higher Education Institutions are particularly encouraged to participate:

  • Academic staff
  • Librarians
  • Members of support staff working on or planning to initiate OCW – related projects at their institutions
  • Members of University Administration


Copyright, Open Content Licensing, Creative Commons, Open Courseware; Open Education Resources


Day 1: 19th of September 2012 (16:00 - 19:00)

During the first day participants will learn about the basics of open content licensing, gaining practical skills in, amongst others

  1. Different types of open licenses with a focus on Creative Commons licenses
  2. How to use Creative Commons licenses to license educational materials, plus aspects to consider when deciding which license (s) to use
  3. Compatibility between different open content licenses with a particular emphasis on the implications of using, reusing, or modifying educational content licensed under various open content licenses.
15:40-16:00  Registration
16:00-19:00  Practical Workshop on the Basics of Open Content Licensing
by Cable Green & Ignasi Labastida (both from Creative Commons)


Day 2: 20th of September 2012 (09:00 - 18:00)

During the second day participants will have an opportunity to learn about European copyright legislation and open content licenses through a number of presentations conducted by experts in their fields. Discussions following presentations will allow for deeper engagement on a particular topic as well as an opportunity to raise any issues of particular concern.

9:00  Registration
9:30  OCW Europe Project
by Willem van Valkenburg (Delft University of Technology and Project Leader of OpenCourseWare Europe)
10:00  Strategies and reasons to implement an Open Policy
by Cable Green (Director of Global Learning, Creative Commons)
11:00  Break
11:30  Limitations and Exceptions in Copyright for Education in the European Framework
by Prof. Raquel Xalabarder (Professor in Copyright Law, Open University of Catalunya UOC)
12:30  Implementation of CC Licenses in OCW: what brings 4.0 version?
by Cable Green (Director of Global Learning, Creative Commons)
13:30  Lunch
15:00  Presentation of the reports:
1. Current licensing practices in Europe
2. Overview of European copyright legislation and free licenses

by Ignasi Labastida (Director of the Office for Knowledge Dissemination, CRAI, University of Barcelona)
16:00  The current situation of OpenCourseWare in Spain
by Edmundo Tovar (Executive Director of the Open Course Ware Office of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid)
17:00  Challenges for the future
moderated by Willem van Valkenburg
18:00  Closing

This event is being organized as part of the project on “OpenCourseWare in the European HE context How to make use of its full potential for virtual mobility” with the support of the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Union.

Slides of presentations

Cable Green & Ignasi Labastida - Practical Workshop on the Basics of Open Content Licensing


Willem van Valkenburg - Introduction to OpenCourseWare


Cable Green - Open Policies


Raquel Xalabarder - Copyright Limitations and Exceptions for Education in the EU


Cable Green - An introduction to Creative Commons 4.0 for Educators


Ignasi Labastida - Current licensing practices in Europe


Edmundo Tovar - The current situation of OpenCourseWare in Spain

Video recording

The video recording of the event is available on the website of University of Barcelona

view video recording


EU Lifelong Learning Programme
with the support of the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Union


Creative Commons License OpenCourseWare Europe website by OpenCourseWare Europe is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.