intellectual property

Intellectual Property

Computers and Composition Special Issue: Copyright, Culture, Creativity, and the Commons

Copyright, Culture, Creativity, and the Commons

special issue of Computers and Composition, volume 27 issue 3, September 2010

Textbook Torrents

I thought some of you would be interested in this story about file sharing of PDFs of textbooks. I found the story on FARK, and while I know the comment thread is long, it's worth reading; it's remarkable, some of the ingenious scams these students and former students have concocted to save money on books.

APA promotes open-access (yay!) ... and charges authors $2500 each (boo!)

From the Chronicle -- an interesting power play for control over intellectual property:

In what appears to be a new policy, the American Psychological Association will require authors who publish in its journals to let it deposit their papers in open-access repositories — and it will charge them $2,500 to do so.

More from the RIAA reports that the music industry is engaging in something akin to preemptive strikes. The article Mysterious Multiplication of Copyright Complaints takes a look at the speculative reasons behind increase in complaints lodged with a variety of colleges and universities, both big and small, despite no evidence of an increase in illegally shared files.

The new complaints seem to be resulting in an increased reluctance to pursue alleged violations. For instance,

Blog Posts E-mails from Infocom Network Hard Drive; Ethical Issues are Raised; Text Adventure Nerds Get Excited

Imagine that -- unfolding in real time -- you find a perfect real-world example that, with eerie clarity, embodies almost all the concepts you've devoted yourself to teaching and studying in the past ten or so years.


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