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Affiliated Institution
[ IP Law and Policy Research Unit] (academic institution)
Public Lead
Kelsey Wiens
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Date submitted: 26 January 2011 Timespan of this roadmap: January 2011 to December 2011

Team information

Jurisdiction: South Africa Complete list of all members of the Affiliate Team, their roles, and field(s) of expertise

Public leads: Mark Horner and Kelsey Wiens

Legal lead: Dr Tobias Schonwetter [copyright specialist]

Date of latest MOU in jurisdiction 25 May 2009 (University of Cape Town, Prof Julian Kinderlerer) 25 May 2009 (legal affiliate Tobias Schonwetter) 24 June 2008 (public affiliate David Duarte)

Self-Identified Region(s), i.e. Europe, Africa, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, North America, Arab world: Southern Africa Why do you identify yourself as being part of the listed region(s)? That's where we are!


Why is Creative Commons important for the jurisdiction?

Emerging creatives need free and shareable resources to build on. Exposure of Southern African creativity to other markets through open licensing. South African political leaders are suspicious of internet freedom, so this needs to be protected, and the cause for internet freedoms needs to be embedded.

What do you think makes a successful jurisdiction project?

Broad awareness and use of CC among individuals, businesses, private and public institutions. Public dialogue around internet freedoms, including CC. Partnership with related organisations and non-profits Use of CC in OER in universities and schools. Self-sustaining, active community of volunteers and supporters.

How do you see the jurisdiction project contributing to the CC Affiliate Network?

Localized licenses in an important emerging economy Add an African perspective to CC related discussions. To help kick-start CC projects in other African countries. Introducing more African works into the CC pool.


Describe the communities that are currently active in the project.

Universities, software programmers, media geeks, musicians, authors, publishers, marketers

How will you continue to engage with these communities?

We will increase our engagement through: Conference talks, website, Twitter, Legal advice, email.

Describe the communities (existing or new) that you plan to focus on during the timeframe covered by this roadmap?

Universities + OER community, Artists

How do you plan to engage with these communities?

Twitter, CC SA website, Other Websites and social networks, Conference talks, Workshops.

Priority Goals

What are the three most important focus areas on which the Affiliate Team will work during this time period? Please consider community building and adoption goals among your priorities.

1. Focus-area: License 3.0 Why is it important? License contains important improvements on v.2.5

Which communities will benefit? All users of CC

2. Focus-area: Website Update This includes things like: a collection of case-studies or organisations using CC in South Africa (wiki); Monthly news (at the minimum); Acknowledge all CC SA volunteers and organizational supporters; Put more information about Creative Commons Licensing (including videos) - linking; Links and feeds to and from our other social media profiles

Why is it important? This is most people's first stop in getting more information about Creative Commons South Africa. It's the virtual home of the community.

Which communities will benefit ? All CC South Africa stakeholders.

3. Focus-area: Open Education Resources Localized Statement

Why is it important? Many university players have not yet understood that CC is an important part in making OER work. It's a hot topic, which is an opportunity to align ourselves with a relevant and important cause.

Which communities will benefit? Universities and Schools.

4. Getting organizational support, where other companies will offer to provide resources for us, such as printing & Public Relations services. A list of companies who are prepared to volunteer their services in kind so we know who to call on if necessary.

5. Join the discussions around the new "IPR from Publicly Financed Research and Development Act" (BAYH - DOLE - like legislation) in South Africa through the website, conference talks, Debates, Petitions & Twitter.

Project Outputs

Detail tangible project outputs (e.g., events, papers, blog posts, video/films, etc.) for each focus area including an expected date of completion. See also Timeline. The outputs we plan to complete are as follows:

  1. Focus-area: 3.0 licences for South Africa
    1. Project Output: 3.0 licences for South Africa
    2. Expected start date: already started - Expected date of completion: June 2011
    3. Team Member(s) Responsible: Tobias Schonwetter
    4. How will this output help achieve your goals? Having the most up to date licences is crucial for project success and also shows the commitment of the team.
  1. Focus-area
    1. Project Output: Website update
    2. Expected start date: 26 January 2011 - Expected date of completion: 31 March 2011 and ongoing thereafter
    3. Team Member(s) Responsible: Max Kaizen, with support by all team members, especially Paul Scott
    4. How will this output help achieve your goals? see above
  1. Focus-area
    1. Project Output: localised OER statement
    2. Expected start date: already started - Expected date of completion: 28 February 2011
    3. Team Member(s) Responsible: Dave Duarte
    4. How will this output help achieve your goals? It adds our voice to the discussion in this field and will clarify the close link between OERs and CC
  1. Focus-area: Twitter CC licences for South Africa
    1. Project Output: easy-to-grab licenses for South African Twiiter users
    2. Expected start date: already started - Expected date of completion: 26 Jan 2011
    3. Team Member(s) Responsible: Paul Scott
    4. How will this output help achieve your goals? Awareness of CC and particularly to help answer the localised jurisdiction of CC. Followers to CC South Africa’s tweetstream develops the community and exposes them to news and resources from the team.


Please consider using trackable statistics (such as web traffic or number of license adoptions) when applicable, but only if meaningful.

  • How will you measure and evaluate your impact on focus-area 1? N/A
  • How will you measure and evaluate your impact on focus-area 2? N/A
  • How will you measure and evaluate your impact on focus-area 3? N/A

Resources Required


What human resources or expertise must the team seek out or add to your existing resources, if any, in order to achieve your priority goals?

In 2010, we identified the need to add a "technical lead" to the team and Paul Scott has joined the team to fill this gap (no MoU signed yet). The public lead position is currently being transition to a new lead with the current lead remaining actively involved still. The legal lead has a loose network of supporters to assist with the licence update.

How will you involve these people? They are already involved, we have monthly meetings and supporters will be acknowledged on the website.


What technology resources must the team seek out or add to your existing resources, if any, in order to achieve your priority goals?

How will you obtain these technology resources?


What material resources must the team seek out or add to your existing resources, if any, in order to achieve your priority goals? It would be fantastic if CC international could supply us with merchandise and other marketing materials free of charge!!! How will you obtain these material resources? Just send it by post ;-)


What other resources must the team seek out or add to all the other resources, if any, in order to achieve your priority goals? How will you obtain these other resources?

Sustainability and Scalability

How will you ensure your goals will be completed if unforeseen circumstances interrupt the project, such as changes in the leadership of the project or outputs taking longer to complete than anticipated?

Regular meetings and open discussions among team members; through community discourse and accountability

How will you communicate the project's on-going progress and setbacks within the jurisdiction and the CC Affiliate Network? (e.g. email list updates, meetings, press releases): emails, website, social media platforms, meetings

How will you document the project so that others may replicate or learn from your efforts? Creative Commons wiki and our website (and through all of the above communication tools for that matter)


Please have a look at other roadmaps. How could the jurisdiction's plans help drive or support other jurisdictions' activities?

CC South Africa considers itself a pioneer project for CC licensing in Africa and therefore strives to support interested individuals and organisations on the African continent to also initiate CC licensing projects. Such support will include participation in/ administration of CC Africa mailing list, active offering of advice in relation to porting CC licences. The the extent possible, f2f meetings and workshops.

What are other jurisdictions doing that might support or contribute to the project?

Some countries, such as the Australian CC project's site, have more advanced website offerings from which we can learn. CC Brazil appears to have succeeded in building strong cultural relevance that we would like to a emulate.

Would you be interested in mentoring new jurisdiction teams? Yes, see above.

Conversely, would you be interested in having a mentor from a more experienced jurisdiction team? Yes, see above.


Suggest three possible projects on which you can collaborate with other teams on a regional level. If you are not yet involved with the regional network, please contact the regional spokesperson (if any) or notify CC HQ to put you in touch with others.

Adoption of CC licences in other African (exchanging experiences etc and guidelines of how to approach this issue).

Since there are no other teams yet in our region (Southern Africa), no opportunity for collaboration exists. However, we will look at collaboration opportunities with country project in other African countries, such as Egypt, Kenya and Nigeria, as they arise.

How do you plan to contribute to these projects? Sharing of information and on an ad hoc basis.


In what language(s) will you promote CC in the jurisdiction and why? At this point in time, it is only feasible to promote CC licences in English. Yet, we aim at translating the Commons Deed into several of our official language if volunteers for this can be found. At least 2 such translations of the Commons Deed already exist.

In which of these languages are licenses already available? CC0? English. We haven't dealt with the CC0 "licence" yet.

Into which of the remaining languages do you intend to translate the licenses? CC0? see above.

How will you involve the local language(s) community? Once we have updated our licences to v3.0, we will get in touch with non-profit translation organisations such as and ask for their support on this matter. In addition, we will on our website encourage volunteers to help out.

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Creative Commons South Africa was founded by Heather Ford (public lead), and Andrew Rens (legal lead) and based at the LINK Centre. More details and a retrospective on CC South Africa by Andrew Rens on his blog. The LINK Centre is the leading research and training body in the field of information and communications technology (ICT) policy, regulation and management in Southern Africa.