Tell the Department of Education: Open Licensing Matters

The U.S. Department of Education is considering a new policy that would require ED-funded materials to be licensed openly. This rule would make the educational resources that the ED funds a lot more accessible to educators and students.

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The proposed policy would be the first of its kind among U.S. federal government agencies.

The Executive Branch funds billions of dollars’ worth of content through various departmental grant programs. Those grants are intended to benefit the public, but too often the public never even sees the results, let alone uses them. The new ED rule should set the standard for government grants.

Sign the petition below to support EFF’s full comments on the rule change.

October 15, 2018

Dear Department of Education,

We urge you to adopt the proposed policy requiring open licenses on grant-funded materials. The public should have the right to use, edit, publish, and teach from publicly funded materials, free of charge. The open licensing mandate will ensure that Department-funded materials benefit the most educators and learners possible.

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