AEShareNet and Creative Commons by gdf57j


									                         AEShareNet and other options
                     Including Creative Commons and GNU
                      Sometimes Asked Questions (SAQs)

Question: What are the relevant Open Content licences available in the Australian
marketplace for use within education and training?

Answer: There are currently:

   1. The AEShareNet Suite of 5 protocols which are designed for sharing and
      trading (U, P, S, C and E) and
   2. The AEShareNet ‘Free for Education’ (FfE)              which is the newest
      addition to the suite
   3. The GNU (free documentation licence)
   4. The Creative Commons US Licence
   5. The Creative Commons Australian version

Question: What is the difference between these options?

1. AEShareNet licences are specifically for content relevant to learning and teaching
   and have been developed from an Australian perspective.              They provide
   mechanisms for free and cost-recovery approaches, as well as options for
   obtaining some dollars as a return on investment. Each of the 5 protocols above
   offer a different range of options and these can be seen at

2. The FfE licence was specifically designed to encourage free use of publicly
   available material including website content, but does not allow exploitation. You
   do not need to formalise the licence, as it arises automatically if the owner has
   applied the FfE Mark to the material. You simply click on the Mark which takes
   you to the AEShareNet website where the conditions of use are displayed.

3. The GNU Licence is available for free software and software manuals and can be
   used for any textual work (particularly those for reference materials). Derivative
   works must be freely available (

4. The Creative Commons US Licence is designed for creative/artistic/literary
   content. It usually has a mark ‘No Rights Reserved’ and the terminology
   conforms to US copyright law.

5. The Creative Commons Australian version is being developed through
   Queensland University of Technology and Blake Dawson Waldron lawyers. There
   is only one licence currently under development which covers attribution, non-
   commercial and no derivative works.
Question: So how do I choose?

Answer: It is best to look at the details of what you are trying to do and see which
of the various options under any of these licences best meet your needs. The basic
choice is dependent on whether you prefer the ‘sharing’ alternative along the lines of
Open Source (Linux) and Copyleft approaches, or whether you want to have some
restrictions on the use and/or whether you are seeking commercial opportunities.

Those working in vocational education and training areas will find the AEShareNet
licences are tailored to specifically suit the sector’s needs with all the above options
available across the Suite of 6 AEShareNet licences.

Question: How does Free for Education                 and Creative Commons (Non-
Commercial ShareAlike) differ?

Answer: Free for Education was designed for content intended for public use and
with no intention of obtaining revenue but where owners do not want the material
changed, eg information on public websites; government marketing and general
information; general corporate information, etc. The conditions of use clearly outline
that the material is:
   a) For ‘educational use’, as defined on the website below
   b) free for reproduction and use with no permission required;
   c) no enhancements are permitted.
   d) the conditions do allow editing, supplementary works and compilations
   e) moral rights are preserved
   f) exploitation is not permitted (commercialising)
(see: for full details)

As an example, if you have an information sheet publicly available on, say, use of
poisons in an agricultural environment; management of hazards; overseas travel
information; general reports or policies – and those in education wanted to use these
as examples for their students, the owners would not want these altered but would
be happy to have them included in the educator’s lessons.

Creative Commons (Non-Commercial ShareAlike) licence is not restricted to
educational use. The major areas of difference between the US and Australian
version is around Derivative Works, Moral Rights and GST. The conditions include:
   a) Attribution – you must give the original author credit
   b) Non-commercial. You may not use this work for commercial purposes
   c) ShareAlike. If you alter, transform or build on this work, you must distribute
       the resulting work only in a licence identical to this one
(see for full details)
Question: Does this have potential to confuse people; this area is complicated
enough already?

Answer: I suppose it does. But like any marketplace there are usually competing
offerings. AEShareNet is pleased that other bodies are creating noise in this
emerging marketplace of intellectual property sharing and trading. However,
recognising that the area of licensing and copyright is not well understood nor
something that educational practitioners wish to focus on, AEShareNet and the
Creative Commons “agents” in Australia, Queensland University of Technology, are
working closely together to minimise any confusing messages.

Question: Does AEShareNet do any more than just provide licence templates
enabling people to share and trade?

Answer: It certainly does. AEShareNet’s Free for Education, FfE template is the
most akin to the Creative Commons model in that a “Mark” can be downloaded from
the site and used by IP owners. But AEShareNet’s other 5 licence protocols are
backed up by a full online brokering service and accounting functionality.

Question: Where can I find out more?

Answer: and

Or speak to directly to Carol Fripp or Dennis Macnamara from AEShareNet.

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