I just got back from a very informative and enjoyable meeting with Heather Ford, the Executive Director of iCommons. What is iCommons?

Incubated by Creative Commons, iCommons is an organisation with a broad vision to develop a united global commons front by collaborating with open content, access to knowledge, open access publishing and free culture communities around the world.

I am pretty excited about the work that iCommons is doing and the results of that work here in South Africa. Licensing schemes like Creative Commons are important in our local context and offer content licensing alternatives for local content creators that could really facilitate the spread of new media in South Africa.

I am working on a series of posts on content protection which will include overviews of the Copyright Act, Creative Commons and other alternatives to copyright as well as digital rights management. This series will be posted on the Jacobson Attorneys blog and will include an interview with Heather about iCommons and the great work being done there.

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