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Professor's Patent Strangles Textbook Sharing on and Offline

from ZD Net

The realm of academic file-sharing is notorious — is it legal to share these notes, and this is alright because we need it for the course but it's no longer in print, right? Students sharing textbooks, presentations and notes facilitated by Facebook's new Group feature came to mind — but now, going beyond the realms of copyright infringement, it may go so far as to lower your grades. A new patent has been granted to economics professor Joseph Henry Vogel, who is dead-set on stopping the "infringing" behavior of devious students who share or lend textbooks — whether off or online. more

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