From the Atlantic: Academics Want You to Read Their Work for Free. Publishing an open-access paper in a journal can be prohibitively expensive. Some researchers are drumming up support for a movement to change that.
See the Florida Virtual University's 2016 Student Textbook and Course Materials Survey with responses from 22,000 students.
The curricula provider Great Minds is suing FedEx in New York City federal court, arguing that the delivery, printing and photocopying company should compensate the educational organization for the money FedEx makes from requests from schools to copy materials that Great Minds created and makes available for free, on an open license.