Last month the Copyright Clearance Center announced the “Copyright Permissions Building Block,” a service built into the Blackboard system that automates the process of securing permissions for using copyrighted materials in courses. The announcement has been met with mixed response.
The issue may be of particular importance to the University of Minnesota community, given the recent announcement of plans for a Blackboard and WebCT merger: from the Chronicle of Higher Education, "Blackboard Plans to Acquire Course-Management Rival WebCT in a Deal Worth $180-Million"
From the Chronicle of Higher Education, “New Courseware Feature Will Make It Easier for Instructors to Secure Copyright Permissions”
From Tarleton Gillespie in Inside Higher Ed, "Between What's Right and What's Easy"