CCCC Intellectual Property Caucus

The Intellectual Property Caucus of the Conference on College Composition and Communication is putting together a proposal for its annual 4Cs workshop and would like to encourage anyone interested in either proposing a roundtable or serving as a discussant to either post to the caucus at or contact Kim Gainer at

The 2010 CCCC Annual Convention will be held March 17-20, 2010, in Louisville, Kentucky.

The IP caucus will meet Wednesday, March 17th.

The theme of the conference will be "The Remix: Revisit, Rethink, Revise, Renew," which seems tailor-made for examining issues of intellectual property.

Each proposal for a roundtable should be approximately 100 words in length.

Contact information should be included with each proposal (name, institutional affiliation, phone number, email).

The deadline for the submission of the group's proposal is May 1 via postmarked snail mail or May 8 via electronic submission. The proposal will be submitted by the latter deadline, but it would be great if proposals came in by May 1 so that they can be put into the format required for submission.

Thus far, five roundtables have been proposed. The point person and topic for each table is as follows:

1. Laurie Cubbison: Corporate Pressure on YouTube: Its Implications for Fair Use

2. Carol Haviland: Plagiarism Detection Services: CCCC and the Ongoing Debate

3. Karen Lunsford: Impact of Open Source Archives on Higher Education

4. Martine Courant Rife: Current Research and Publications on Intellectual Property Issues

5. Traci Zimmerman: Appropriation of Instructors’ Intellectual Property via Uploading to Instructor-Rating Sites

For reference, below is the 2007 proposal:

Type of Session/Proposal Workshop: Sat. Afternoon
Level Emphasis cross-institutional
Interest Emphasis not applicable
Area Cluster 107) Institutional and Professional
Session Title: Intellectual Property in Composition Studies

Sponsored and guided by the CCCC-IP Caucus, workshop participants discuss teachers' IP rights, open access initiatives, plagiarism and authorship, and teaching about IP, and then develop action plans.

Session Description: Intellectual Property rights must balance the
needs of authors and other creators with the needs of a more general public. These rights rely on continually evolving identities, for stakeholders must negotiate and re-negotiate what counts as an individual or collective mode of production, who or what may claim ownership over intellectual work, and who or what may disseminate it.
Such negotiations have taken on a strident tone this year, as universities (e.g., U of Kansas, the U of California system) have initiated new models of institutional sponsorship for faculty
scholarship, and as plagiarism cases continue to make the headlines.

Since 1994, the IP Caucus has sponsored a pre-conference meeting to discuss intellectual property issues related to teaching and research.
This year, the Co-Chairs will present on the latest developments of the open-access initiative, considering how the shift to university repository systems and the creation of openly available multimedia archives are reshaping work by faculty, students, and the public. Their presentation will set the stage for the workshop's activities.
Participants will meet in roundtables covering a range of issues, from legal to pedagogical. Roundtable speakers will provide 6-8 minute overviews of their topics, and participants will then create action plans, write letters, develop lobbying strategies, and produce documents for political, professional, and pedagogical use. At the end of the workshop, participants will reconvene to share their plans and recommendations for future action.

Roundtable 1: Impact of Open Source Archives on Higher Education.
Speakers 1 and 2 will continue the discussion about the impact of open source archives (eprints, research archives, medical archives) on disciplinary journals, content aggregators like Elsevier, and university intellectual property policies.

Roundtable 2: Owning Your Handouts-Negotiating Faculty IP Rights.
Speaker 3 will report on successful negotiations between faculty and the university over teaching materials, and provide models and talking points to be considered at participants' own institutions.

Roundtable 3: Does Fair Use Still Exist? Speaker 4 will discuss an experience with negotiating with a musician's estate for rights to publish scholarship on the musician, and will discuss implications for conducting writing research today.

Roundtable 4: IP and the Blog. Speaker 5 will address the numerous and complex ways that plagiarism is defined, discovered, and dealt with among nonacademic bloggers. Speaker 6 will provide examples of how science fiction texts may teach students to question the implicit and explicit commodification of online texts.

Roundtable 5: Unpacking IP in the Writing Classroom. Speakers 7, 8, 9, and 10 will help participants explore curricular spaces and strategies for bringing IP issues into the classroom. Speaker 11 will further explicate the many IP subcategories (copyright, patents, trademarks, trade secrets) and their relevance to the writing curriculum.

Roundtable 6: IP and Students' Rights-Plagiarism Detection Services.
Stimulating a conversation by presenting their own experiences, Speakers 12, 13, 14, 15, and 16 will challenge the current culture of plagiarism policing, and they will develop with participants various strategies for addressing concerns about plagiarism detection services.

Roundtable 7. Plagiarism in the Real World-Implications for the Classroom. Speakers 17 and 18 will discuss questions of authorship and plagiarism by examining controversies surrounding authors such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Dan Brown, and Kaavya Viswanathan. Speaker 19 will raise the question of what counts as plagiarism and authorship in technical documents, and how to reconcile two imperatives, academic honesty and document usability.
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