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Intellectual Property

Kwasi Gachie edited this page Jul 24, 2017 · 4 revisions

Overview {Picked from the FabLab model}

Intellectual Property is a critical issue in todays world and it forms for the capital basis for many firms. In this regard, we realize that in every H/H chapter, we will be creating Intellectual Property (IP) that will be useful to the journalism community at large. Whilst we don't entirely advocate for the GNU licensing model as we believe everyone should be rewarded for their innovations, we also believe that innovations that are built out in the Hacks/Hackers chapter will be useful to the media community in Africa and possibly globally as well.

Intellectual Property Guidelines

Key Principles

  • Participants will be allowed to commercialize all innovations from the various Hacks/Hackers chapters.
  • IP from Hacks/Hackers events will be distributed to various chapters to see if the same can be re-used or rebuilt to suit the particular market conditions.
  • The idea from the hacks/hackers chapter is to increase use of technology in journalism, the IP model is built around this principle. Being open and fair to the innovator whilst strengthening media.

Licensing Regime for HH chapter IP [Creative Commons]

Creative Commons licenses do not replace copyright, but are based upon it. They replace individual negotiations for specific rights between copyright owner (licensor) and licensee, which are necessary under an "all rights reserved" copyright management with a "some rights reserved" management employing standardized licenses for re-use cases where no commercial compensation is sought by the copyright owner. The result is an agile, low overhead and cost copyright management regime, profiting both copyright owners and licensees.

Licensing Regime for member IP [Creative Commons]

Creative Commons licenses do not replace copyright, but are based upon it. They replace individual negotiations for specific rights between copyright owner (licensor) and licensee, which are necessary under an "all rights reserved" copyright management with a "some rights reserved" management employing standardized licenses for re-use cases where no commercial compensation is sought by the copyright owner. The result is an agile, low overhead and cost copyright management regime, profiting both copyright owners and licensees.

Dispute Resolution

Whenever a dispute arises, it should first be escalated to (in descending order of priority)

  • the ExCo of the particular governing chapter along with the originators of the IP
  • Hacks/Hackers Africa
  • Code For Africa

If all else fails, traditional legal channels can be considered.

Alternative Licensing Frameworks

If the licensing model is considered inflexible, we will consider:

  • Mozilla Public License.
  • Hacktivismo Enhanced-Source Software License Agreement.
  • BSD licenses.
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