Easing the Copyright Challenge

Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed, Oct 11, 2005
Commentary by Stephen Downes

According to this story, "the Copyright Clearance Center is... integrating the copyright permission process directly into the software colleges use to build and manage online courses," specifically, Blackboard. Written like a press release, this story offers no analysis at all. At the very least, the author could have observed that copyright restrictions are being used not only to prevent file sharing, but to foster and entrench software lock-in. Will the Copyright Clearance centre offer an open source method of doing the same thing - a Drupal plug-in, say, or a Moodle module? It's doubtful - after all, what do these products have to offer the Copyright Clearance Center in return?
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