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The 2014 CCCC Intellectual Property Annual: An Opportunity to Contribute

This year is the tenth anniversary of the CCCC-IP Annual, a publication created to fulfill the CCCC Intellectual Property Committee’s charge to keep the Conference on College Composition and Communication’s membership informed on key events and developments in intellectual property that took place over the previous year. Archives can be found at

As 2014 nears its end, we are looking back on what happened over the course of the year in copyright legislation, fair use cases, open access publishing, and notable high-profile plagiarism cases. Developments regularly challenge our notions of what these terms mean, and we engage these developments in a timely manner each year in the CCCC-IP Annual. Typically, each article explains a particular development in intellectual property and analyzes its implications for teachers and scholars of rhetoric and composition. For example, the 2012 Annual contains an analysis of the rise of MOOCs written by James Porter.

Starting this year, we are encouraging multiple genres, such as short (1000-1500 words) scholarly articles, listicles (“7 Things Rhetoricians Need to Know about the Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science and Technology (FIRST) Act”), and infographics.

Some articles for the 2014 Annual have already been planned and are in progress (a working table of contents appears below this CFP). Ideas for additional submissions are listed immediately below, but we welcome additional ideas.

  • review of Electronic Frontier Foundation white paper published October 27, 2014: "Who Has Your Back: When Copyright and Trademark Bullies Threaten Free Speech, available at "
  • review of EFF white paper "Unintended Consequences: 16 Years Under the DMCA"; available at
  • review of EFF white paper "Open Wi-Fi and Copyright: A Primer for Network Operators"; see and
  • report on Internet Slowdown campaign; see and
  • report on FIRST Act (open access),; see
  • report on Open Source Seed Initiative:; see

Please write to Clancy Ratliff if you are interested in contributing to this year’s Annual by writing about one of the above topics or other current events in copyright, authorship, and intellectual property. Manuscripts will be due February 28, 2015, for publication about one week before the CCCC convention.

Working Table of Contents, 2014 CCCC-IP Annual:

  • Kim Gainer, Georgia State University fair use case update
  • Wendy Warren Austin, Slavoj Žižek book review plagiarism case
  • Laurie Cubbison, Nic Pizzolatto "True Detective" plagiarism accusation
  • Karen Lunsford, California open access law on publicly funded research
  • Steven Engel, Montana senator John Walsh plagiarism case
  • Mike Edwards, review of EFF white paper "Collateral Damages: Why Congress Needs to Fix Copyright Law’s Civil Penalties"
  • Traci Zimmerman, review of documentary film "The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz" 

This column is sponsored by the Intellectual Property Committee of the CCCC and the CCCC-Intellectual Property Caucus. The IP Caucus maintains a mailing list. If you would like to receive notices of programs sponsored by the Caucus or of opportunities to submit articles either to this column or to the annual report on intellectual property issues, please contact

CCCC IP Committee Website

Previous Reports

Open Invitation to the Intellectual Property Caucus @ CCCC Indianapolis, 2014

Intellectual Property-Related Motion at the CCCC Business Meeting

2012 Tri-Annual DMCA Rulemaking Creates Expanded Use Rights for Educators

An Invitation to the Intellectual Property Caucus at CCCC in Las Vegas

A Big Win for Georgia State for Online Reserves

Open Access: Where Next?

Tri-Annual DMCA Rulemaking Process Underway—IP Caucus Member Participates

IP and Your Professional Organizations

A Ruling in the Georgia State University e-Reserve Case

The Lord of the Copyright: An IP Fable

The CCCC-IP Annual: Top Intellectual Property Developments of 2011

An Invitation to a Series of Discussions on Intellectual Property

Another (Short) Tale of Open Access: The HathiTrust Case

'Hacktivist' or Thief?: What the Aaron Swartz Case Means to the Open Access Movement

Making Textbooks Afforadable and Open

IP Caucus Roundtable: Students’ Rights to Their Writing and to the Writing of Others

Who Owns Your Digital Fingerprint?: Negotiating an Answer to the Question

Who Owns Your Digital Fingerprint?

Update on Google Book Settlement: What Can Your Students Access?

Report of the Meeting of the Annual CCCC Intellectual Property Caucus

IP Caucus to Meet April 6 in Atlanta

Part Two: What Teachers Can Learn about Fair Use in Remix Writing from the US Copyright Office

Celebrate the Public Domain

Think Locally, Act Globally: Taking US Copyright Reform to a World Stage

YouTube—and Educators—Win!

Fair Use for Researchers in Communication: A Resource

Part One: The New DMCA Exemption for College Teachers and Students

Understanding Fair Use in the Classroom: A Resource

What? You want to copyright your comic!!?

New Copyright “Combat” Regulations For Colleges and Universities Go Into Effect July 1

Stake Your Claim: What’s at Stake in the Ownership of Lesson Plans?

Report on the March 2010 CCCC-Intellectual Property Caucus Annual Meeting, Louisville, Kentucky

The Times, They Are Remixin’: Indaba Music, Creative Commons, and the Digital Collaboration Frontier

The Rhetoric of Intellectual Property: Copyright Law and the Regulation of Digital Culture (Routledge, 2010)

Data Privacy Day 2010 Celebrated January 28

Transforming Our Understanding of Copyright and Fair Use

CCCC’s Intellectual Property Caucus Member, Martine Courant Rife of Lansing Community College, testifies at the DMCA hearings at the Library of Congress

Plagiarism Detection Services: Unsettled Questions

New Edited Collection from IP Caucus member just published: Composition and Copyright

The Google Book Settlement: Implications for Educators and Librarians

July IP Report: “What’s Fair is Foul?”: Understanding Fair Use in the Classroom

Top Intellectual Property Development Annual Series

Introducing NCTE-CCCC's Intellectual Property Committee and Intellectual Property Caucus

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