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

Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 2:00-5:30 p.m. in Grand Ballroom IV, JW Marriott Indianapolis

We warmly invite all CCCC conference attendees to the annual open meeting of the Caucus on Intellectual Property and Composition/Communication Studies (CCCC-IP). During this meeting, we welcome scholars with questions and concerns about intellectual property to join us in discussions of how intellectual property affects the work of scholars, teachers, and students in our field.

The IP Caucus is the public and open counterpart to the work of the CCCC Committee on Intellectual Property. Since its founding in 1994, the caucus has explored IP issues pertinent to our academic field and beyond, including the following:

  • plagiarism and authorship
  • student and teacher rights related to intellectual property
  • copyright and copyleft as they relate to scholarship and teaching
  • best practices in teaching students and instructors about intellectual property issues
  • open access and open-source policies
  • contemporary issues in intellectual property, such as corporate surveillance and collection of user metadata (as related to scholarship in composition and communication)

This year’s interactive, action-focused meeting includes a breakout session into four roundtable groups. Each roundtable group, led by a facilitator, will discuss a particular set of IP issues in order to elicit practical solutions, action plans, lobbying strategies, and the production of documents for political, professional, and pedagogical use within the CCCs and beyond. Near the end of the meeting, the roundtables reconvene to share their discussions, plans, and recommendations for future action.

This year’s Caucus will feature four roundtables:

1. Legal and Legislative Developments

A roundtable focused on finding ways to safeguard the ability of students and teachers to make appropriate use of copyrighted material in furtherance of legitimate educational goals. In previous years, this roundtable included discussion of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA), and court cases relevant to the educational community (such as the lawsuit involving Georgia State University's use of electronic reserve materials for educational purposes).

2. Sharing IP Stories: Teaching IP, Copyright/Copyleft, and Openness

A place for participants to share stories, resources, and successful pedagogies for teaching the complex and overlapping issues of intellectual property, plagiarism, and copyright in composition classes. Participants will also be invited to join in planning ways to distribute these pedagogies, as voices that can counteract the rhetoric of fear and criminality pervading discourse on IP.

3. Advocating for Open Access in Composition Studies

A roundtable focused on identifying strategies that teachers and scholars might use to foster greater use of and acceptance of Open Access practices—especially given the academic/economic climate of rising subscription fees for scholarly journals and initiatives for the privatization of public knowledge. In previous years, this roundtable discussed issues such as funding concerns associated with scholarly publication (including attention to OA-aligned imprints such as CCDP and Parlor Press that publish composition scholarship), the impacts of and frequencies of citation of articles in our field, and possible lobbying strategies for OA practices.

4. Evolving IP Policies for Journals

This roundtable updates participants on the latest publisher policies and their potential impact on Writing Studies. Since science-oriented journals tend to influence the academic publishing community as a whole, this year’s roundtable will focus on the following issues: 1) new IP policies from publishers of scientific journals in relation to the rise of distributed, open-access venues for displaying data; dealing with greater numbers of authors; a perceived rise in scientific fraud cases; and new templates for article formats and 2) some journal publishers’ policy of requiring copyright permissions to be secured for article epigraphs, which treats these epigraphs as different from quotations analyzed within the body an academic article.

For more information about the IP Caucus, we invite you to visit the IP Reports section of the CCCC web site. We also invite you to meet members of IP Caucus through Tim Amidon’s (Spring 2013) digital piece “Spotlight on Intellectual Property: An Interview with Members of the CCCC IP Caucus” in issue 17.2 of Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy.

For more information about the CCCC IP meeting, contact this year’s meeting organizer and senior chair of the IP Caucus: Dr. Kyle Stedman, assistant professor of English at Rockford College, at or on Twitter @kstedman. You can also contact the IP Caucus’ junior chair, Tim Amidon, PhD candidate at University of Rhode Island, at or on Twitter @timothyamidon.

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

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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