Michael Goldstein and Matthew Rizzolo co-authored "MOOCs and Consequences" which was published in College Planning and Management Magazine.

It should be clear by now that there is absolutely nothing new about MOOCs. So why the concern now that MOOCs may pose a special risk of encouraging patent infringement litigation? The answer, of course, lies in the numbers. The MOOC phenomenon has resulted in hundreds of thousands of individuals signing on to take part in this "new" education sensation. It is not at all far-fetched to expect that a single MOOC may register well over a million persons at a time. And in patent litigation, these numbers can mean money, big money.

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