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Patents on software harm education at all levels.  [[Software patents]] create legal costs and risks for computer learners who study the software they use, and they introduce uncertainty regarding the use of the skills learned in higher education.
 
Patents on software harm education at all levels.  [[Software patents]] create legal costs and risks for computer learners who study the software they use, and they introduce uncertainty regarding the use of the skills learned in higher education.
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A survey by European Schoolnet found that two thirds of schools use virtual learning environments that are either developed in-house or are [[free software]].<ref>http://www-old.eun.org/insight-pdf/special_reports/e_learning_softpat.pdf</ref>  Adding patent risks to bodies that develop or modify software thus creates risks for the majority of schools.
  
 
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** [http://news.swpat.org/2009/11/education-and-software-patents/ Summary of that paper, on news.swpat.org]
 
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* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/4790485.stm BBC: Patent battle over teaching tools], August 2006 regarding [[Blackboard inc.]]
 
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/4790485.stm BBC: Patent battle over teaching tools], August 2006 regarding [[Blackboard inc.]]
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Patents on software harm education at all levels. Software patents create legal costs and risks for computer learners who study the software they use, and they introduce uncertainty regarding the use of the skills learned in higher education.

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In-house software and free software

A survey by European Schoolnet found that two thirds of schools use virtual learning environments that are either developed in-house or are free software.[1] Adding patent risks to bodies that develop or modify software thus creates risks for the majority of schools.

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  1. http://www-old.eun.org/insight-pdf/special_reports/e_learning_softpat.pdf


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