Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community
Ann interesting article describing how a concept new to the copyright guardians - "gridlock" - began circulating at a recent conference of rights collection agencies. "This term was introduced by Michael Heller, a Columbia Law School professor who spoke in the morning. The word came from his book The Gridlock Economy, whose basic thesis is that too much ownership or property, including intellectual property, creates gridlock that results in underutilization of property and stunting of innovation." I think gridlock is something that developers and designers of online learning have been living with since day one - and that it is useful to have a term and a reference to use to identify this problem and trace to its roots.

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