Publishers Win Big in Fake-Textbook Lawsuit

Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed, Apr 13, 2018
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I haven't been hearing the term 'fake textbook' used in copyright coverage, so I'm wondering whether its use here signals a change in strategy. It certainly leaves me wondering what makes a face textbook fake. I assume it's not like fake news, which is news that's not true. The facts in fake textbooks are presumably the same as the ones in the original textbooks, otherwise they wouldn't be accused of copyright infringement. Is it that the original textbooks use higher quality electrons? or is some publicity mill just muddying up the use of the word 'fake' in an effort to accomplish, well, something. It's typical of traditional media that they would accept the new terminology and use it in their articles without even a murmur. Image: Amazon.

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