Copyright Issues in Online Courses: A Moment in Time

Lori-Ann Claerhout, Theory, Practice of Online Learning, Feb 23, 2004
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This is a disappointing paper that, while attempting to represent copyright in a Canadian perspective, draws a great deal on international sources, including U.S. court rulings. Strictly party line, the paper does not (other than a caricature in the first sentence) consider the possibility that other views exist. It is ditressing to see a paper recommend that a permission form be completed merely to create a link to an online resource, a complete omission of Creative commons and other automatic permissions, no mention whatsoever of open access publishing (ironic, considering the source), and a drive-by endorsement of site licensing.
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