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LWN: Learning the Lesson: Open Content Licensing

May 05, 2006, 02:30 (0 Talkback[s])
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"As the previous feature on open content noted, the need for an appropriate license was felt from the earliest days. Strangely, it was not Richard Stallman who filled this gap: even though the GNU General Public License dates back to 1984, it was only in 2000 that the corresponding GNU Free Documentation License was created. As a result, the honor for the creation of the first formal non-software open license goes to David Wiley.

"In the summer of 1998, Wiley had joined the graduate program in Instructional Psychology and Technology at Brigham Young University, where he began doctoral work on 'learning objects'--small-scale, reusable computer-based educational materials designed to be used in a variety of settings..."

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