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By Stephen Downes
February 27, 2003

Intellectual Property is Theft. Ideas Are For Sharing No, this isn't from some underground anarchist newspaper. It's from the Guardian and the point of the article is to show how our language has been hijacked by the content producers in the copyright debate. "Pretending that intellectual property is the same as any other kind of property is deeply misleading. For while there is clearly no gain to society from plundering other people's physical property, there is clearly a social benefit from the wide dissemination of intellectual property - ie ideas and their expression. As Picasso said - and Steve Jobs famously repeated when explaining how the Apple Mac came to bear such a striking resemblance to the Xerox Alto - 'minor artists borrow; great artists steal'." Yeah! By John Naughton, The Guardian, February 9, 2003 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Lawmakers Demand That Colleges Crack Down on Illegal File Sharing The U.S. House of Representatives is urging college and university officials to "get tougher" with students who share files online. "The way to really convince students that illegal file sharing is wrong is to expel or prosecute them." University officials are hesitant, not surprisingly. For one thing, a "get tougher" approach rarely, if ever, changes someone's view about the rightness or wrongness of a law. For another, universities are not equipped to become a branch of the justice department. And finally, nobody is talking about who would assume the cost of imposing a draconian regime of surveillance and suspension. By Andrea L. Foster, Chronicle of Higher Education, February 27, 2003 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

MCQ Resource Discovery Using XML As a couple of people pointed out to me in the discussion area, an even earlier RSS feed of learning objects exists. This feed, which genuinely ranks first (bumping Maricopa to second) uses (as I recall) Userland software. It seems to me that I actually exchanged email with the author when it came out, so I have no real excuse for forgetting it. This site only lists multiple choice questions in medicine. By Dave Davies, MedWeb Technology Test Area, January, 2003 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

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