20 November 2017

'CREATIVE COMMONS' DISCUSS OPEN SOURCE AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS AT NDU

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The student “Brown Bag” discussion group at the Faculty of Law and Political Science (FLPS), Notre Dame University-Louaize (NDU), worked closely with NDU Libraries to welcome on campus on Monday, November 20, 2017, Creative Commons (CC) Lebanon representative Law Professor Pierre el-Khoury.

Dr. El-Khoury spoke to an audience at the main campus Library on the role of the CC in promoting open source material in research and education. Leslie Hage, NDU Libraries director, invited professors and students to share their experience with open source material during their classes and studies. Dr. El-Khoury advised the audience to promote “Creative Commons on all levels at the university.”

Following the library discussion, Dr. El-Khoury presented to the students of FLPS the CC concept during their weekly “brown bag” lunchtime discussion. The event highlighted the role that CC can play in advancing respect for Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and rule of law.

Dr. El Khoury was also a guest speaker in the POS 350 Comparative Government class following the FLPS “brown bag” discussion. He introduced the students to the concept of “copy left” as a means of making digital material available to a broad audience, encouraging sharing of creative and intellectual production, and fighting the culture of impunity prevalent in the MENA region.

The CC Lebanon will be returning to NDU at regular intervals to strategize on the integration of the CC in research, teaching, and service to the community.

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