posted on Feb, 16 2013 @ 10:06 AM
Everybody knows Wikipedia, Khanacademy (which is supported by Microsoft) is also becoming more and more famous. Both of these sites are built to
provide free information/education to all the people. Also both of them are non-profit organisations.
I was wondering how did the educational institutions and companies, who profit on education, react to these websites, as basically these websites are
killing the industries. The sales of different textbooks, encyclopedias and training programs has decreased after these sites came to existence. Did
they get lots of lawsuits and overall critisism?
I have tried to google about it, but have not found much information about it.
The reason why I am asking it, is because I am trying to create a similar website and am interested what kind of obstacles may I expect. The concept
will be same, free education, although the way how the site provides it, will be quite different. It will not be illegal in any way, just different
from the ones that exist. And what is one of the largest differences is that it will not be non-profit organisation, but the product it provides will
be free of charge.You can bring parallels with different app companies, who provide free apps, yet profit. Although the main purpose of the site will
not be maximising the profits, which a common purpose of most capitalistic not non-profit organisation.
The thing is, I am afraid of what will the reaction be towards my project. The copyright laws are becoming more and more absurdic, which means such
sites may have quite some lawsuits, especially if they piss off some bigger companies and especially in the beginning, at least I personally, would
have no resources to deal with lawsuits.
Thank you for your replies in advance