3 Major Publishers Sue Open-Education Textbook Start-Up

Nick DeSantis, Tidsskriftet for Universiteternes Efter- og Videreuddannelse, Apr 05, 2012
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Hm. "A group of three large academic publishers has sued the start-up Boundless Learning in federal court, alleging that the young company, which produces open-education alternatives to printed textbooks, has stolen the creative expression of their authors and editors, violating their intellectual-property rights." This isn't a case of copying and publishing content: the publishers are claiming something broader. Students list the traditional texts they have been assigned, and the publisher pulls together a collection of open source content covering the same domain. "The company calls this mapping of printed book to open material 'alignment'—a tactic the complaint said creates a finished product that violates the publishers’ copyrights." See also Audrey Watters coverage at Inside Higher Ed.
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