[Humanist] 24.167 Woruldhord: copyright?

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Sat Jul 3 07:32:41 CEST 2010

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 24, No. 167.
         Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Fri, 02 Jul 2010 10:32:40 +0100
        From: John Levin <john at anterotesis.com>
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 24.164 submissions for Project Woruldhord
        In-Reply-To: <20100702053155.5E5C55C07F at woodward.joyent.us>

On 02/07/2010 06:31, Humanist Discussion Group wrote:

>          Date: Thu, 1 Jul 2010 15:02:19 +0100
>          From: Alun Edwards<alun.edwards at oucs.ox.ac.uk>
>          Subject: Project Woruldhord - now open for submissions
> Sent on behalf of Dr Stuart Lee:	
> 	Dear All,
> 	I am pleased to announce that Oxford University have now opened the online submission site for Project Woruldhord as of today. This project will try to build up an online collection of material related to Old English and the Anglo-Saxons by voluntary contributions online. Anything submitted will then be made available worldwide, free of charge, for others to reuse (for educational purposes only).


Whilst I wish this project every success, especially as you guarantee 
that the material will be made "available for free on the world wide 
web", could I please ask that the copyright situation is dealt with more 

First of all, the link to the Jisc Model license
on this page:
is broken - I'm getting 404 page not found.

Then, the clause "You will allow the material to be used for educational 
purposes, e.g. school classes, handouts, lectures, etc" should state 
whether educational purposes include publication on the web at a site 
other than Oxford's, or just offline educational use. (The problem is 
not just if, say, a photograph is published as is on another website, 
but if the lecture is recorded, or the presentation slides published, on 
a third party website.)

And finally, I suggest encouraging Creative Commons licenses; they're 
becoming increasingly well known (for example, Flickr offer options for 
publishing under them), and remove many doubts when (re)using material.

Obligatory disclaimer: I am not a lawyer. Nor do I play one on TV. But I 
am an historian, who has to wade through legalese, even for material 
that has been in the public domain for hundreds of years.


John Levin

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