Friday, May 18, 2012

EDUCOM Code - 1987 - still useful! "Software and Intellectual Rights "Respect for intellectual labor and creativity is vital to academic discourse and enterprise. ..."


"Software and Intellectual Rights

"Respect for intellectual labor and creativity is vital to academic discourse and enterprise. This principle applies to works of all authors and publishers in all media. It encompasses respect for the right to acknowledgment, right to privacy, and right to determine the form, manner, and terms of publication and distribution.

"Because electronic information is volatile and easily reproduced, respect for the work and personal expression of others is especially critical in computer environments. Violations of authorial integrity, including plagiarism, invasion of privacy, unauthorized access, and trade secret and copyright violations, may be grounds for sanctions against members of the academic community."

- In the late 1980s I had the privilege of leading a lively working group of more than 100, including a variety of faculty members, librarians, lawyers, and other academic professionals and representatives from the emerging computing and software publishing industries - as part of ESI [EDUCOM Software Initiative] and EUIT [Educational Uses of Information Technology]. We developed and published hundreds of thousands of copies of the "Using Software" brochure which included what became "The EDUCOM Code." The full text of the brochure is available today [May 18, 2012] from Educause at:

The brochure included permission to republish so long as appropriate attribution was included etc. Very similar to Creative Commons licenses 2.0 and 3.0.

My thanks to all who participated, especially to Brian Kahin, who generously and thoughtfully contributed many of the ideas and much of the best wording.


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IMAGE selected by Steve Gilbert 20130518

Photo of "Code of laws of Hammurabi Louvre museum, Middle East antiques....Source/Photographer Rama (Own work)

"Permission....I, the copyright holder of this work, hereby publish it under the following licences: This work is free software; you can redistribute it or modify it under the terms of the CeCILL. The terms of the CeCILL license are available at This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 France license.


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