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    Coursera is not the only for-profit company that has enlisted volunteers to provide localization. Facebook uses a similar system.

    Unlike the author, I have no problem with such programs. The translators are not forced to do the work, and if they like Coursera enough to work for free, that is their choice.

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      As a Coursera pupil, I got this mail in my inbox recently.

      And I agree translators are not forced to do the work, but I would have preferred to understand in plain words (not in US copyright wording) what rights I’m giving up when doing this work without making money out of it.

      I would not use the sharecropper analogy, but I find Coursera is dishonest with their pupils.

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        I find Coursera is dishonest with their pupils

        How so?

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          Dishonest in this translating issue, not in the whole MOOC concept.

          I really love Coursera, and although I would prefer they curate the courses better, the value of their offering is high. And the community they’ve created is great: local study teams, support groups… really impressive.

          But I think they’re being dishonest with the community (their students) with regard of this translation initiative. The way they announced the Global Translation Community, defining it as a community (a term strongly related with no economic benefit, feel good, love the humanity) is dishonest.