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Committee on Intellectual Property (March 2016) - Previous Revision

IP Reports

Introducing the Intellectual Property Committee/Caucus and New Monthly IP Reports

Wondering about how copyright law is challenged by digital media? Want to learn more about fair use, Creative Commons, open source, plagiarism, the public domain, students' rights to their own texts, and more? If so, you will be interested in the new monthly IP Report sponsored NCTE-CCCC's Intellectual Property Committee and Intellectual Property Caucus. 

Committee Members

Karen Lunsford, Chair
Adam Banks
Nancy Barron
Rebecca Burnett
Jeff Galin
Laura Gurak
TyAnna Herrington
John Logie
Charlie Lowe
James Porter

Committee Charge

This committee is charged with addressing and providing guidance on intellectual property issues that affect CCCC and NCTE and that impact writing instruction generally. More specifically, the committee will:

  1. keep the CCCC and NCTE memberships informed about intellectual property developments, through reports in the CCCC newsletter and in other NCTE and CCCC forums,
  2. maintain a close working relationship with the Caucus on Intellectual Property and Composition Studies, 
  3. develop policy statements to guide writing teachers' and researchers' uses of coursepacks, electronic materials, etc., and 
  4. address issues of concern to the organizations, such as interpretations of fair use (e.g., in relation to photocopying, use of unpublished material, use of copyrighted materials in multimedia, use of graphic images, etc.); copyright debates and evolving policies regarding electronic rights in publishing and use of published materials; safeguarding the public domain; attitudes and practices regarding authorship of texts, including students' texts (e.g., collaboration; acknowledgment of sources; plagiarism); and other topics.

November 2009 Update

The first of the enumerated goals in the Intellectual Property Committee of CCCC’s mission statement reads as follows: “keep the CCCC and NCTE memberships informed about intellectual property developments, through reports in the CCCC newsletter and in other NCTE and CCCC forums.”  To this end, the Intellectual Property Committee has begun to publish annual, online reports on major developments in intellectual property law, policy, and research.  In addition, the IP Committee regularly proposes IP policy statements for the CCCC/NCTE memberships to consider.  The IP Committee works closely with the Caucus on Intellectual Property and Composition Studies on all IP issues.

Top Intellectual Property Developments of 2008
Top Intellectual Property Developments of 2007 for Scholars of Composition, Rhetoric, and Communication
Major Intellectual Property Developments of 2006 for Scholars of Composition, Rhetoric, and Communication
Major Intellectual Property Developments of 2005 for Scholars of Composition and Communication

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