Various authors, Creative Commons, Jun 01, 2003
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The Creative Commons is due to release a draft educational use version of the CC license today. This link is to some preliminary discussion of the concept, which isn't really getting a smooth ride. I am inclined to agree with Wouter Vanden Hove, who writes that a CC educational license "it legitimizes the opposite, namely the *forbidding* of educational use." The sponsor of the initiative, David Wiley, responds that "In the U.S., fair use and educational use are limited to very restricted portions of a work, like" and so "the Ed CC license, I believe, would be to get more free educational content in front of more people." I don't agree, and I think that the impact of such a measure on non-formal self-education defeats any benefit such a measure could have.
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