Picture : CC BY Russell Watkins/Department for International Development  https://goo.gl/UdN1CU

Yesterday, I came across a post that raised the question whether sensitive content, such as about refugees, should be made available under a open license as it could be intentionally distorted.

This is a topic that deserves to be discussed among all of us!

Although, under CC BY licences, the authors are allowing for the economic rights, of sharing and remixing, but not really the moral rights, as well as privacy, as stated in the CC license “For example, other rights such as publicity, privacy, or moral rights may limit how you use the material.” which means that those remixing the material, can not say anything opposite to the author’s purpose and message, otherwise they will be infringing the author’s moral rights! https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

The works (as considered in IPR) addressing refugees need to take always into consideration privacy issues (as some of them are being persecuted or their families) and do no harm principle. It is fundamental to ask  to the persons being photographed, filmed, named whether they expressly authorize for this information to be published.

Having said this, in my opinion,  it is relevant that these works are made available under open licenses to be shared and raise awareness.

I would like to hear  what are the colleagues thoughts on this.