Blackboard, DOPA, and Control: Why do we go overboard?
I wonder if we care about innovation in the USA anymore. We seem to spend a lot of time trying to block others, control iffy intellectual property and generally shut down the power of remixing and mashups. Wassup?
Brian Zug wrote about the latest - LMS provider Blackboard getting a patent that makes no sense from a variety of perspectives. Brian lays it out here. It is a hot topic on many edublogs. Some edubloggers are organizing responses to the patent and passage of the US DOPA act.
Is the culture of control a sub part of the culture of fear? (We fear the loss of our market if we don't create patent barriers? We are not smart enough to make an offering to the market that stands on its own merits?) What would be the culture of love response to overreaching patents and uninforceable and uninformed laws?
What if we started getting creative and thinking about REAL alternatives to the over-control?
Yeah, time for the culture of love.
Tags: Blackboard, DOPA, cultureoflove, control