Frustration Over Framing

Steve Kolowich, Inside Higher Ed, Feb 15, 2010
Commentary by Stephen Downes

With much more free learning content, framing by commercial sites is an issue again. This article pits Purdue University's Online Writing Lab (OWL) against Tutor.com. Tutor.com's actions reflect an increasing use of frames recently - social network sites like Diigo and URL shorteners like ow.ly routinely use frames. And the argument is now well rehearsed: Tutor.com makes "identifies Purdue as the source of the content and includes Purdue's trademarks and copyright notice" and "Most content sites are thrilled with the extra exposure they get by being part of Tutor.com's resource library." Still, it's the ambiguity that drives revenues: "we are reviewing those pages to make sure that all users understand that access to the resources is completely free."
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