ERIC Number: ED393444
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
An Overview of Intellectual Property Issues Associated with Distance Learning in Florida.
Florida State Legislature, Tallahassee.
This report serves as an overview of intellectual property law, policies, and practices as they relate to distance learning. It seeks to provide background information and direction for the Florida Distance Learning Network and the Postsecondary Education Planning Commission's Task Force on Telecommunications. Several of the technologies used in distance education are explained. Copyright law in the educational system, and the distance learning environment in particular, is also explored, with a discussion of relevant legal parameters at both the federal and state levels. The differences between copyrighted works of third parties and copyrighted works of faculty and staff are highlighted, along with some funding and policy issues. The report concludes that emerging technologies aggravate long-standing debate about intellectual property and fair use; therefore, the Florida Distance Learning Network should create two subcommittees--one devoted to addressing intellectual property issues in distance learning, and the other to address problems of disposition of revenue resulting from the licensing of distance learning courseware. It is also recommended that in light of the lack of any standardized policy, K-12 school districts should be given the same statutory authority as colleges and universities to create policy and to effect intellectual property agreements with faculty and staff. A list of interviews is appended. (BEW)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Florida State Legislature, Tallahassee.
Identifiers: Florida; License Fees