School of Open, Nigeria


5-Week Intellectual Property and Linux Course for School Of Open Nigeria


Creative Commons in collaboration with Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS), Mozilla Foundation and Linux Professional Institute Nigeria is organizing a five week training to launch the School of Open Concept.

School of Open is a global community of volunteers providing free online courses, face-to-face workshops, and innovative training programs on the meaning, application, and impact of “openness” in the digital age. Learn how to add a Creative Commons license to your work, find free resources for classroom use, open up your research, remix a music video, and more!

The five weeks training will have two tracks, the first is for Nigerian Copyright Law running from 11am till 1pm while the second is training on Linux Operating System which will run from 2 pm till 4pm. Participants are free to attend one or both tracks. However, a participant must have 80% attendance and participate in coursework to receive a certificate.

There will be an opening ceremony on Saturday Sept 13th between 10am and 11am and a Mozilla Markup Party from 4pm to 5pm

Please contact Kayode Yussuf via for more information or enquiry.


Week/ Date

Copyright Law

11am – 1pm

Linux Operating System

2pm  – 4pm

Week One Sept 13, 2014
  1. IP and SOO and Foundations of Copyright
  • Overview of IP issues in Open Policy
  • Foundations of Copyright Law
  • Rationale for Protection/Theories of Copyright
  • Overview of the legal framework (national and international).


1. The Linux Community & a Career in Open Source

  • Linux Evolution and Popular Operating Systems
  • Major Open Source Applications
  • Understanding Open Source Software and Licensing
  • ICT Skills and Working in Linux
Week Two Sept, 20, 2014
  1. Subject Matter and Applicability of Copyright
  • Subject matter of protection literary, artistic and dramatic works explained.
  • Eligibility for protection


2. Finding Your Way on a Linux System

  • Command Line Basics
  • Using the Command Line to Get Help
  • Using Directories and Listing Files
  • Creating, Moving and Deleting Files


Week Three  Sept 27, 2014
  1. Scope of Copyright (Exceptions and Limitations)
  • Rights protected
  • Exceptions and Limitation
3 The Power of the Command Line

  • Archiving Files on the Command Line
  • Searching and Extracting Data from Files
  • Turning Commands into a Script


Week Four Oct 4,2014
  1. Copyright Management (informal measures & supplements to copyrights)
  • Contracts and licenses
  • TPMs
  • Alternative models/para-copyright/copyright: open content licenses
4: The Linux Operating System

  • Choosing an Operating System
  • Understanding Computer Hardware
  • Where Data is Stored
  • Your Computer on the Network


Week Five  Oct 11, 2014
  1. Remedies: Mostly under Nigerian law


5: Security and File Permissions

  • Basic Security and Identifying User Types
  • Creating Users and Groups
  • Managing File Permissions and Ownership
  • Special Directories and Files


*** We are focusing mainly on Nigerian position with reference to other jurisdictions where necessary