Crowdsourcing a Copyleft Campaign

Posted by Michael Paskevicius | 15 Jul, 2010

The University of Cape Town is running a campaign to bring awareness to the potential legal implications of copying and distributing copywritten materials.  So we are seeing alot of images like this around campus. 

I respect copyright law, and in doing so I always try and source openly licensed images, software, video, audio, research, courses, and presentations.  Because resources from these types of sources have an open license such as Creative Commons I can use them legally under the simple conditions; most often giving attribution to the resource creator and sharing the material onwards.  

So while I believe it is important for students to be aware of and respect copyright law, I believe it is even more important that they be aware of the wealth of material available for reuse, mashups, integration into projects, etc.  

So we are trying to come up with some posters which complement the copyright campaign by alerting students to the potential of using openly licensed content instead of violating copyright.  I am crowdsourcing ideas here so please leave us a comment or a link to a similar campaign.