Re: Ethics of Creativity vs Theft

Janice Walker (jwalker@CHUMA.CAS.USF.EDU)
Thu, 8 Aug 1996 16:58:20 -0400

Check out Joan Latchaw and Jeff Galin's CCCC Page: Shifting Boundaries of
Intellectual Property: Copyright, Intellectual Property, and Publishing on
the WWW at:

Along with LOTS of links to some great information, there's a link off
that to my paper, "Cyberproperty: Copyright, Citation, and the World Wide Web"
(at which looks
at the Report of the Working Group of Intellectual Property Rights. Their
report is also online at:

Janice R. Walker, Dept. of English Email
University of South Florida Tampa, FL (813) 974-2421

On Thu, 8 Aug 1996, Michael Hamende wrote:

> This discussion got me more interested in copyright. So I've been
> cruising the web looking for stuff related to copyright/fair use and
> the Internet, particularly as it relates to teaching in a
> collaborative electronic environment.
> As is typical some good stuff and lots of junk. Sometimes I long for
> the "good old days" when you'd do a search and come up empty, instead
> of 10,000 or 50,000 hits.
> In one article, "the Expert" being interviewed says that copyright
> protects the tangible results that come from ideas, NOT the ideas
> themselves. Some seem to think the clause in the constitution related
> to this idea protects research, the creation and sharing of ideas and
> thinking from restriction as a way for knowledge to get forwarded.
> He also implied the fact that those who create the ideas and then
> create some tangible artifact, like a book or a journal article or
> some other piece of writing, subject to copyright, seldom benefit from
> the creation. Like when was the last time you or someone you know
> made any (much) money from writing a book? Doesn't the author get a
> few crumbs, while the publisher rakes it in?
> I thought these were interesting ideas that might spur some thoughts
> from the list.
> Mike Hamende
> Also, if anyone has any good sources for information on copyright and
> this new electronic world we're in, I'd appreciate you passing them to
> me. Thanks in advance.