On the 17th of November, we are organizing a policy debate about copyright and education: „How to ensure user rights in education? Copyright reform and Open Educational Resources”. The debate will focus in particular on user rights: the freedom of educators and learners to use resources in the process of education.

Freedom to use educational resources is a fundamental issue in education. It can be ensured either by copyright rules or through sharing of Open Educational Resources (OER). The European Commission communication on the modernisation of copyright rules has defined educational exceptions as an issue that requires action in the European reform planned for 2016. At the same time, recent policy developments once again prove the importance of Open Educational Resources: UNESCO members have just committed to supporting OERs within the Education 2030 Framework for Action.  OECD will soon publish a new report on “Open Educational Resources. A Catalyst for Innovation”. The event will focus on the European level of policymaking, with the goal of discussing possibilities of strengthening European policies and programs. 

The goal of our meeting, hosted by MEP Michał Boni, is to highlight and discuss these two approaches. Speakers will include:

  • Mr Dominic Orr (Consultant, OECD)
  • Ms Teresa Nobre (Legal Lead, Creative Commons Portugal)
  • Ms Josie Fraser (social and educational technologist, Leicester City Council, UK

The meeting will be moderated by Alek Tarkowski (Centrum Cyfrowe / Communia).

Please join us in the European Parliament in Brussels on the 17th of November, 8.00-9.30. The event will take place in the MEPs Restaurant, Altiero Spinelli Building, European Parliament. If you plan attending the event, please RSVP by Friday, 13th of November to astokowska@centrumcyfrowe.pl .

The meeting is organised by Centrum Cyfrowe and Communia as part of the ExplOERer project, funded with support from the European Commission. 

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