«The idea is simple. As part of a course, students will have to participate in a web-based discussion board, an activity which counts towards their final grade. To gain access to the board students need a special code, which they get by buying the associated textbook.» Amazing what they will award a patent for these days. ________________________________________ From: Pat Lockley [[log in to unmask]] Sent: Monday, June 11, 2012 1:11 AM To: [log in to unmask] Subject: Patent to protect book copyright http://torrentfreak.com/anti-piracy-patent-prevents-students-from-sharing-books-120610/ This might be of interest re openness, open access and sharing resources. -- The Open University is incorporated by Royal Charter (RC 000391), an exempt charity in England & Wales and a charity registered in Scotland (SC 038302).