Delegates from the publishing industry talked to me of publishers in Poland suffering serious losses following large scale public OER funding. One even suggested a political agenda to create a single public monopoly in learning resources. This was vigorously denied by the OER champions who say they are calling for a mixed economy where all content producers flourish and learners are the winners.
Talks over coffee confirm a genuine willingness to balance the needs of content producers to earn a living with a reasonable desire to gain maximum value to learners from public investment. Talking to Pamela from Berlin, she described very clearly around a example of some nationally produced materials that the devil most certainly does reside in the detail!
Julia Bergmann summarised her view by saying that ‘German copyright rules are now so complicated that they are not usable. They need to be simplified and made fit for purpose for a digital age. The situation is always unclear and you don’t know where to go for the answers.’
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