Monday, August 21, 2006

Copyright constipates

William McGeveran from the University of Minnesota, and William Fisher from Harvard University have published 4 key points about copyright that are sure to constipate an entire school population!

  1. Unclear or inadequate copyright law relating to crucial provisions such as fair use and educational use;
  2. Extensive adoption of digital rights management technology to lock up content;
  3. Practical difficulties obtaining rights to use content when licenses are necessary;
  4. Undue caution by gatekeepers such as publishers or educational administrators.

There's more if you are in need of regaining a flow: The Digital Learning Challenge: Obstacles to Educational Uses of Copyrighted Material in the Digital Age

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