Saturday, October 3, 2009

New Bill Proposes Open Source Requirement for Publicly Funded Books

"On September 30th, the 'Open College Textbook Act of 2009' was introduced to the Senate and referred to committee. The bill proposes that all educational materials published or produced using federal funds need to be published under open licenses. The reasoning behind it takes into account the changing way information is distributed because of the Internet, the high price of college and textbooks, and the dangerously low college graduation rates in the US. Will a bill such as this endanger publishing companies in the same way Internet journalism endangers traditional journalism?"

I think this is a valid concern. It is the same reason I oppose vaccines, as they endanger the iron lung industry.

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