We often hear laments from
the educational community about how the Internet has made plagiarism easier
to commit. Sadly we find that we must agree: Educators have plagiarised
Purplemath lessons any number of times, frequently for profit, such as
appears to be the case with EduTech.
the issues involved.
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labor of love and are designed to help struggling students find success
in algebra, Purplemath is not "in the public domain", and is
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