Why Udacity and EdX Want to Trademark the Degrees of the Future—and What’s at Stake for Students

Jeffrey R. Young, EdSurge, Nov 04, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes

So this is not good. "No one owns the term “master’s degree.” But upstart education providers dream of getting a lock on the words for the next generation of online graduate certifications... Udacity won a trademark for Nanodegree last year. And in April, the nonprofit edX... applied for a trademark on the word MicroMasters. And MicroDegree? Yep, that’s trademarked too, by yet another company." It's clear that these new players in the world of e-learning demonstrating the same corporate bad behaviour as their predecessors in the LMS industry.

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