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Massive Open Online Courses and Intellectual Property Rights Issues

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Driha, O., & Zafrilla Diaz-Marta, V. (2017). Massive Open Online Courses and Intellectual Property Rights Issues. BizMOOC Discussion paper, 7.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-002D-E0BB-B
The explosive growth of the Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) in its early years points MOOC phenomenon to a very fast maturity. This new educative model is characterized by the absence of physical boundaries and open to anybody that wants to enrol in the course. Conversely, Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) are territorial rights whose scope depends on national legislations, despite a certain degree of harmonization by virtue of international agreements. Therefore MOOC´s promoters and/or creators must take into account not only their national IPR legislation but also the international IPR framework. This paper aims to give an overview of the most relevant IPR issues from a EU and US perspective, namely copyright exceptions, ownership and authorisation and delivery of contents including copyleft based models and the so called Open Educational Resources