Open Education License Draft

David Wiley, iterating toward openness, Aug 09, 2007
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Educational content is commercial content. That is the upshot, in my view, of David Wiley's launch of what he calls the 'Open Education License' draft. The license is, in essence, a Creative Commons license with no restrictions - it explicitly allows reproduction, distribution and derivative works, but does not restrict commercial use and does not even require attribution. This is a remarkable development because it signals, after eight years, a break from Creative Commons (which recently announced its own educational initiative). As I have argued in other posts, I do not support this sort of license for educational content because it permits others to block access to 'open' educational content. I continue to be perplexed at the ongoing efforts to allow commercial restrictions to be applied to open educational content.
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