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Currently, the website advises contributors that all contributions will be shared with a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license, as per the following notice in the footer and on every content submission form:

"All material published in the Opened Practices repository is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License. Feel free to join the discussion about copyright and licensing at Opened Practices."

A general copyright page is available on the site, which allows comments for discussion.

Some have suggested that the non-commercial clause in this license is at odds with Sakai's license.

Others suggest that faculty specifically will be unlikely to contribute if they think their material might be used for commercial purposes.

As a community, we need to decide on an intellectual property strategy that might be one of the following:

  1. Continue with existing BY-NC-SA license for all materials.
  2. Change to a BY-SA license for all materials.
  3. Allow contributors to choose between multiple licenses upon material submission (would add extra complexity for user).

Note that this is under discussion in the End-User Support Group (DG: User), with this page and attachments:

End-User Support Licensing


  1. I believe letting the user decide the kind of license they want is the best option. We could set one by default (probably the BY-SA one), and give the user a link to change it to something else.

  2. From 6-2-2008 Conference call:

    Sakai does not have the NC CC.

    We can promote CC with this site. Could have a blog entry about it.

  3. Perhaps it is a naive question, but do intellectual rights policies at each institution enter into this issue at all? I know in K-12, often content developed during work time can belong to the institution, usually able to be shared publically with a simple attribution (where Creative Commons is perfect).

    I am also wondering if this intellectual rights discussion parallels the public sharing of lectures in podcast format.

    Karl Forest
    New Teacher Center @ UC Santa Cruz

    1. Yes, Dr. Forest, those are good questions, and are under discussion in the DG: User group. See the "End-User Support Licensing" link above.