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Intellectual Property in Education

Intellectual Property in Education
Quote: “The IP problem is not going to evaporate until ways are found to balance the monetary demands of creators of intellectual commodities against the need for a free flow of knowledge and the distribution of its outcomes at a reasonable price…”
Comment: …and I would add, with the provision of an alternative to licensing work under a copyright system that serves the needs of physical resources…not digital. In the spirit of true democracy, we need alternatives – where the content creator can assign uses and release learning materials to the larger community. Copyright is a monopoly. Creative Commons is a start. It’s about balance – allow the content creator to earn a living…allow the content user to build/extend/improve the resource.

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  1. “allow the content creator to earn a living”
    Don’t teachers get paid in America?

    How do mathematicians earn a living? Selling licenses to the theorems they’ve written?
    But ooh no! Their “IP” is not protected by law,
    we need “IP” for the math-people, otherwise they are gonna starve! We need IP on theorems, otherwise there will be no math.

    I’m just applying the whole IP-rethoric to math, and suddenly is becomes very funny.
    At first I didn’t agree with Richard Stallman who refuses to speak about IP. But the more I think about it, the more I came to understand that he is absolutely right.

    Intellectual property is not property, it is control. “IP”-problems can be solved, if one is willing to let the false metaphore of property behind, and to acknowledge its true nature.

    Tuesday, July 29, 2003 at 8:28 pm | Permalink