Copy(write): Intellectual Property in the Writing Classroom

Edited by Martine Courant Rife, Shaun Slattery, and Dànielle Nicole DeVoss
Copy edited by Daisy Levy. Designed by Jeremy Harder.

CoverThe editors of Copy(write): Intellectual Property in the Writing Classroom bring together stories, theories, and research that can further inform the ways in which we situate and address intellectual property issues in our writing classrooms. The essays in the collection identify and describe a wide range of pedagogical strategies, consider theories, present research, explore approaches, and offer both cautionary tales and local and contextual successes that can further inform the ways in which we situate and address intellectual property issues in our teaching.

Table of Contents

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Front Matter

Preface, Martine Courant Rife, Shaun Slattery, and Dànielle Nicole DeVoss

Part I: The Law, the Landscape

The Fair Use Battle for Scholarly Works, Jeffrey Galin

Plagiarism and Promiscuity, Authors and Plagiarisms, Russel Wiebe

Authoring Academic Agency: Charting the Tensions between Work-for-hire University Copyright Policies,Timothy R. Amidon

Soul Remedy: Turnitin and the Visual Design of End User License Agreements, Barclay Barrios

Images, the Commonplace Book, and Digital Self-Fashioning, Bob Whipple

Intellectual Properties in Multimodal 21st-Century Composition Classrooms, Tharon W. Howard

Is Digital the New Digital?: Pedagogical Frames of Reference and Their Implications in Theory and Practice, Robert Dornsife

Response to Part I—"An Act for the Encouragement of Learning" vs. Copyright, John Logie

Part II: The Tools

What We Talk About When We Talk About Fair Use: Conversations on Writing Pedagogy, New Media, and Copyright Law, Steve Westbrook

Parody, Penalty, and Pedagogy, E. Ashley Hall, Kathie Gossett, and Elizabeth Vincelette

Copy-rights and Copy-wrong: Intellectual Property in the Classroom Revisited, Janice R. Walker

Rhetorical Velocity and Copyright: A Case Study on Strategies of Rhetorical Delivery, Jim Ridolfo and Martine Courant Rife

Following the Framers: Choosing Pedagogy to Further Fair Use and Free Speech, TyAnna Herrington

Response to Part II—Being Rhetorical When We Teach Intellectual Property and Fair Use, James E. Porter

Part III: The Pedagogy

Toward a Pedagogy of Fair Use for Multimedia Composition, Renee Hobbs and Katie Donnelly

Intellectual Property Teaching Practices in Introductory Writing Courses, Nicole Nguyen

Moving Beyond Plagiarized / Not Plagiarized in a Point, Click, and Copy World, Leslie Johnson-Farris

Couture et Écriture: What the Fashion Industry Can Teach the World of Writing, Brian Ballentine

The Role of Authorship in the Practice and Teaching of Technical Communication, Jessica Reyman

Response to Part III—Fair Use: Teaching Three Key IP Concepts, Rebecca Moore Howard

Afterword, Clancy Ratliff

Biographical Notes


About the Editors

Martine Courant Rife, J.D., Ph.D., is a professor of writing at Lansing Community College, where she teaches courses in digital authorship, technical and business writing, and first-year composition. She serves as Senior Chair of the CCCC-IP Caucus and is a CCCC-IP Committee member. Rife received the 2007 Frank R. Smith Outstanding Journal Article Award for "Technical Communicators and Digital Writing Risk Assessment."

Shaun Slattery is a strategy consultant for a social software company and has been a faculty member at DePaul University and the University of South Florida Polytechnic, where he taught technical and professional writing and new media. His research on digital writing practices has been published in Technical Communication Quarterly; Technical Communication; Rhetorically Rethinking Usability: Theories, Practices, and Methodologies (Hampton Press, 2009); and Digital Writing Research: Technologies, Methodologies, and Ethical Issues (Hampton Press, 2007).

Dànielle Nicole DeVoss is a professor of professional writing at Michigan State University. Her co-edited collections include Digital Writing Research: Technologies, Methodologies, and Ethical Issues (with Heidi McKee; Hampton, 2007), which won the 2007 Computers and Composition Distinguished Book Award, and Technological Ecologies and Sustainability (with Heidi McKee & Dickie Selfe; Computers and Composition Digital Press, 2007). She also published—with Elyse Eidman-Aadahl & Troy Hicks—Because Digital Writing Matters (Jossey-Bass, 2010).

Publication Information: Rife, Martine Courant, Slattery, Shaun, and DeVoss, Dànielle Nicole (Eds.). (2011). Copy(write): Intellectual Property in the Writing Classroom. Perspectives on Writing. Fort Collins, Colorado: The WAC Clearinghouse and Parlor Press. Available at

Publication Date: August 14, 2011

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Series Editor: Susan H. McLeod, University of California, Santa Barbara

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