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Who Owns Digital Learning Resources?–6

Let’s come back around to Hal Plotkin’s question–who owns digital learning resources? Plotkin wants the answer to be: certainly not the university bureaucrats aiming to “commercialize” everything and therefore putting everything behind a paywall. That makes sense. Bureaucrats don’t have … Continue reading

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Who Owns Digital Learning Resources?–5

There’s a basic problem with federal grant support for research. I don’t know if the Department of Education has avoided this problem, but I will put it out there. If a federal agency supports both research and maintenance of contract deliverables, … Continue reading

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Who Owns Digital Learning Resources?–4

Now let’s deal with “digital” educational works in the context of university intellectual property claims. This is something I’ve spent a couple of decades dealing with. The Department of Education published its final rule in January 2017, requiring open licensing … Continue reading

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Who Owns Digital Learning Resources?–3

Plotkin moves on to make another good point–that “Big Pharma is the Model.” And it is–but the model is something other than the Cohen-Boyer patents that Plotkin launches into. Plotkin does not appear to recognize that Cohen-Boyer gene-splicing inventions were … Continue reading

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Who Owns Digital Learning Resources?–1

In March 2016, Hal Plotkin published “Who Owns Digital Learning Resources Funded by Taxpayers,” an article on the Department of Education’s proposal to require open licensing of works created with Department funding. Plotkin notes the objections of AAU and APLU … Continue reading

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