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W Cape Chapter Event: Open Licensing

April 19, 2018 @ 17:30 - 19:30

Intellectual Property Law:
Open Licensing / Creative Commons


Topic Abstract:
Open licensing is becoming increasingly popular in many fields as a tool to openly share, collaboratively improve and generally facilitate open access to copyrighted creative material such as books, music, art and also computer software. As a result, questions concerning open licensing in general and the relationship between copyright protection and open licensing are now often raised by various stakeholders. This presentation will, among other things, address many of the questions typically raised by covering the basics of copyright protection and then explain to some detail:

  • what open licensing is;
  • how open licenses fit within the conventional copyright system;
  • how openly licensed works can be found and used; and
  • how to select and apply the appropriate open license to your own copyright protected works.


Emphasis will be on Creative Commons licenses as the world’s most widely used set of open licenses for copyright protected works. The presentation will also briefly describe the relationship between CC and software and make mention of other forms of open licenses such as GNU/GPL licenses.


Dr. Tobias Schonwetter is the Director of the Intellectual Property Unit at UCT’s law faculty. He is a Principal Investigator for various intellectual property-related research and capacity building projects, including Open AIR (www.openair.org.za). Since 2009, Tobias has been the legal lead of Creative Commons South Africa.Previously, Tobias was a Senior Manager at PwC South Africa and the Regional Coordinator for Africa for Creative Commons. Tobias studied and practiced law in Germany and holds Ph.D. and LL.M. degrees from UCT. Since 2017, Tobias is an Associate Member of the Centre for Law, Technology and Society at the University of Ottawa.


The presentation will be of interest to:

  • ICT Professionals
  • ICT Software Architects
  • ICT Product managers
  • Anyone with an interest in the subject


Delegate fee:

IITPSA, ISACA, Women in IT & ISC2 Members:
No charge | UCT staff and students: No charge | Non-members: R60

Each Member may bring one non-member at no charge.

Secure parking available.


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April 19, 2018
17:30 - 19:30


Ayanda Sikosana


ICTS on Main
7 Main Road
Mowbray , Cape Town South Africa
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