Is good quality education available to everyone equitably? Learning is continual and an ongoing process and knowledge has to be acquired but the path to open access and free knowledge is not entirely straight. Open Education believes in a world where everyone, everywhere has access to high quality education and training they want; where education is seen as an essential, shared, and collaborative social good. But there are barriers to this goal. The truth is that real knowledge is not free. The aim of this article and the others covered under this theme is to question the commodification of knowledge, how it denies access to millions and what educationists and practitioners can do to bring openness in education.