Patent granted to encourage purchase of digital textbooks

“In a newly-approved patent, an economics professor hopes to bring to the academic publishing world what seems to be forthcoming in the video game industry—new restrictions that would seemingly eliminate a secondary market for digital goods and prevent legal borrowing. Last week, the 2006 patent for a “Web-based system and method to capture and distribute royalties for access to copyrighted academic texts by preventing unauthorized access to discussion boards associated with copyrighted academic works” was approved by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The patent was granted to Joseph Henry Vogel, a professor at the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras.

via Ars Technica

One Response to “Patent granted to encourage purchase of digital textbooks”

  1. Norm
    June 12, 2012 at 11:30 am #

    This could just as easily continue to stifle etextbooks, because the darn things don’t have a secondary market. Many students want to get part of their equity back at the end of the semester and the publishers are trying real hard to get ALL the gold.

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