Over the past two years, Center for Health, Human Rights and Development (CEHURD) has been working with Creative Commons Uganda Affiliates on promoting open access initiatives through use of Creative Commons (CC) licenses to promote access to creative and innovative works. Last year, CEHURD received support from the Open Society Foundations and Creative Commons International to support CC affiliates in Uganda to finalize and launch CC Uganda licenses. These were launched December 21, 2012.
CC initiatives are aimed at facilitating sharing of knowledge and creativity with the world. CC affiliates in Uganda have developed tools that support and steward legal and technical infrastructure that maximizes digital creativity, sharing of art, and innovation.
At the launch of the licenses in December, 2012, CC Uganda affiliates agreed to a strategy to map out strategic stakeholders/partners that would be helpful in advancing this cause, engage them in a discussion for potential to implement or promote use of the licenses and hold an informal meeting from which end users of the licenses can be engaged in practical use of the licenses.
On 9 September 2013, with support from CC headquarters, CC Uganda affiliates met and mapped out stakeholders to engage in promoting use of the licenses. The meeting agreed to engage several stakeholders including research institutions, media houses, telecom houses, IT incubation hubs like outbox, ihub, Mobile Monday, photographers, artists, producers, the internet society of Uganda, students studying programming and software development, lecturers involved in teaching software development, librarians, government agencies sharing and releasing publicly funded research, bloggers, twerps, lawyers, film festivals, and collecting societies, among others.