So, for the first time, one of Digital Qatar’s posts may actually lead to something tangible! The Arab world media and development manager for Creative Commons was in Doha this week and had an informal meeting with my employer to discuss different ways Creative Commons might be able to have a presence in Qatar. A wide range of ideas were discussed, from potential workshops or salons around content rights issues to porting of the Creative Commons licenses to Qatar.
In a broader sense, the conversation focused on creating an ecosystem in Qatar and the Arab world that promotes and supports the development of original digital content. There was a broad agreement that the Arab world has much to offer in the global public sphere, but far too little content is originating from this region, and when it does, it is not shared. Whether it is movies, music, cartoons, novels, poems, documentaries or plays – Arabs need to be producing more original works in the digital realm and sharing them in creative ways.
As I said in a previous post, Creative Commons offers the sort of flexible licenses that allow people to protect their creative works, but also allows for the broad sharing of work (with attribution!) that can lead to truly innovative works. Let’s hope this first positive initial meeting leads to something great. I’ll keep you all updated!