Prospects for open-licence publishing in Uganda: stakeholder views

Prof. Robert Ikoja-Odongo

Researcher
Vice-Chancellor, Soroti University of Science and Technology
Soroti, Uganda
ikoja.odongo @ gmail.com

Charles Batambuze

Researcher
Executive Director, National Book Trust of Uganda (NABOTU)
Executive Director, Uganda Reproduction Rights Organisation (URRO)
Kampala, Uganda
batambuze_charles @ hotmail.com

Central Research Question

Would a open-licensed learning materials web platform for Uganda result in more materials being featured on the internet by authors, small publishers, self-publishers and commercial publishers?

Study Country

Uganda

Research Methods

  • Literature review
  • Focus groups
  • Surveys

Study Abstract

Publishing in Uganda is still predominantly done in a traditional manner, via fully copyright-protected hard-copy materials. There are, however, exceptions to the rule, i.e. a few publishing companies are experimenting with e-books under a subscription model –- but with deep-rooted suspicions about piracy. There is a parallel online movement to entrench flexible licensing models such as those based on Creative Commons (CC) licences. This study is investigating stakeholder perceptions of the potential efficacy of creating a web platform that would facilitate the online sharing of CC-licensed learning content while at the same time seeking to generate income for authors and publishers. The study is exploring the degree to which stakeholders feel that open business models for publishing, based on CC licensing, could be utilised as avenues for encouraging the growth of innovation and creativity, reducing bottlenecks, and increasing collaboration and distribution benefits.

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