Karen Lunsford, Chair
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:
- keep the CCCC and NCTE memberships informed about intellectual property developments, through reports in the CCCC newsletter and in other NCTE and CCCC forums,
- maintain a close working relationship with the Caucus on Intellectual Property and Composition Studies,
- develop policy statements to guide writing teachers' and researchers' uses of coursepacks, electronic materials, etc., and
- 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issues of concern to the organizations, such as interpretations of fair use (e.g., in relation to photocopying, use of unpublished material, use of copyrighted materials in multimedia, use of graphic images, etc.); copyright debates and evolving policies regarding electronic rights in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.
March 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.