Lessons from open source: Intellectual property and courseware

Jan Newmarch

Abstract


In this competitive age, universities are seeking ways to protect their intellectual property, for fear that it might be stolen or used by others without financial benefit coming back to the university. Increasingly, universities are using mechanisms of secrecy to secure their property. This paper argues that this approach is wrong on both moral and business grounds, and that a better model can be found in the Open Source movement of the software industry.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5210/fm.v6i6.868



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