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Pearson sues Chegg for copyright infringement

The British-owned publisher and education services firm Pearson on Monday filed a copyright lawsuit against the textbook rental and “homework help” service Chegg, alleging the company is selling answers to question sets in its textbooks. The suit, filed in New Jersey, claims that Chegg — which offers a $14.95 monthly subscription service that allows students to access answers to questions found in more than 9,000 textbooks, many of which are published by Pearson — is in violation of Pearson’s “exclusive rights as a copyright holder,” because the company is using Pearson’s content to turn a profit. Ryan Johnston has more.

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Blackboard, Anthology plan 'edtech ecosystem' with new merger

The learning management system provider Blackboard is merging with the administrative tools provider Anthology by the end of the year, according to a Monday press release. Blackboard, founded in 1997, was an early educational technology provider that today serves more than 150 million users worldwide, both in K-12 and higher education. By merging with Anthology, the new company seeks to provide an “edtech ecosystem,” for higher education institutions modernizing their technology, according to the release. Anthology, formed through a merger of three edtech companies in 2020, provides a wide range of administrative software, including for payroll, finance, communications and student information. Emily Bamforth has the details.

College of Charleston plans to modernize its communications platform

The next step for the College of Charleston to modernize its communications platforms is launching a replacement for its outdated digital services portal, Chief Innovation Officer Mark Staples told EdScoop. The South Carolina college announced in August that the information housed on MyCharleston, a digital service hub that’s more than a decade old, would move to separate, updated systems this fall. Administrators said students and staff will log in to apps to check grades or access payroll through a system called MyPortal. Emily has it.

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