IGPA team releases policy brief on intellectual property questions surrounding educational products developed using public dollars

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

IGPA team releases policy brief on intellectual property questions surrounding educational products developed using public dollars

IGPA's Copyright Policy Initiative has released its first policy brief in its study of intellectual property questions surrounding the development of evaluation tools for education.

The brief, titled "Who owns educational products that are developed with public dollars, and the rights to distribute them?", looks at policies that affect what scholars calls the school improvement industry. It focuses on how products developed within this industry - many with development and use paid for by public schools and state or federal education agencies - are disseminated via open or close source licensing.

The brief considers the ways these two forms may relate to the cost, quality, and adaptability of the tools and may reflect underlying issues of equity, expertise, and public vs. private action. Priorities for tracking such effects are identified, given limited documentation of which outcomes are most likely.

The Copyright Policy team is headed by IGPA scholar Rachel Gordon and visiting scholar Benjamin Superfine, both professors at the University of Illinois at Chicago. 

Go to the report page for a download.