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Stephen Downes

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The author looks at the recent announcement that the Copyright Clearance Center would integrate a 'Copyright Permissions Building Block' function directly into Blackboard's course management tools and raises the question of whether clearing rights when clearance is not required, as in cases of fair use, is a good thing. I can see both sides of this one. Easier copyright clearance is obviously a good idea - but clearance should be invoked only where it applies. The danger the author cites is, in my view, real, and the Blackboard-CCC system should be held to account and required to default to 'no clearance' when appropriate.

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