A new patent granted this week aims to stop students from sharing textbooks, both off and online. The patent awarded to economics professor Joseph Henry Vogel hopes to embed the publishing world even further into academia. Under his proposal, students can only participate in courses when they buy an online access code which allows them to use the course book. No access code means a lower grade, all in the best interests of science.
Source: TorrentFreak - "Ernesto"
It's a bit worrying that publishers now want to force students to buy their own copy of text books in the name of "preventing piracy". Borrowing textbooks from a friend, from a library, or buying second hand will leave students without a code required to access certain parts of their course material.