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Higher education is witnessing a sea change in the way content is created, consumed and curated. Traditional boundaries are blurring in course content and in course delivery systems. Experimental activities in every corner are challenging the business models and support systems of higher education. These challenges are compounded by the many obstacles that exist in traditional mechanisms for content licensing, commonly resulting in under-utilization of content or copyright piracy. It can be very difficult to locate the appropriate rights holders and engage in permissions requests processes, and there are often prohibitively high transaction costs involved in ensuring legally proper use of content.
Responding to this challenge, SIPX (formerly the Stanford Intellectual Property Exchange research project) resolves copyright blockages with user-friendly technology that clears rights for print, digital and online education platforms. It is an active system used by Stanford and is growing rapidly into universities and MOOC platforms. SIPX’s unique approach to copyright leverages technology and institutional relationships to provide an easy and transparent content access experience for both copyright owner and content user.