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Top Intellectual Property Developments of 2009

Introduction: Copyright and Intellectual Property in 2009

Clancy Ratliff, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

The 2009 CCCC Intellectual Property Annual is the fifth issue published and my third as editor. In it, the contributors continue filling a niche in the research area of the intersection between copyright, intellectual property, and rhetoric and composition studies: articles that combine journalism and scholarship. It is our hope to keep the rhetoric and composition community informed of the latest developments in copyright and intellectual property, as it truly is a global issue with high economic and political stakes, with activists who approach the policies from a variety of perspectives. Universities adopt open access policies, new technologies prompt revisiting of copyright laws, and copyright activists think of new approaches to licensing the uses of creative and intellectual work, more and more alternatives to “all rights reserved.” We continually revisit these ideas in the classroom, too, as they pertain to definitions of authorship and plagiarism.

I have decided to keep the Creative Commons license we have been using for The CCCC Intellectual Property Annual in past years. One noteworthy difference between this issue and those past  is that the 2009 issue contains nine articles, by far the highest number we have featured. I am pleased to see that the interest in copyright and intellectual property seems to be growing.

An Issue for Open Education: Interpreting the Non-Commercial Clause in Creative Commons Licensing

Charles Lowe, Grand Valley State University

The Option Not to Act: The Dissertations of Boening and Meehan

Craig A. Meyer, Ohio University

Copyright in the Hands of Creators:  Australasia’s Growing Creative Commons

Carol Mohrbacher, St. Cloud State University

Two Competing Copyright Curricula: The 2009 Release of Intellectual Property Curricula from the Recording Industry Association of America and the Electronic Frontier Foundation

Clancy Ratliff, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Creative Commons Plus: Increasing Options for Content Creators

Kyle Stedman, University of South Florida

Breaking Free: The Fight for User Control and the Practices of Jailbreaking

Devon C. Fitzgerald, Millikin University

Apple App Store Arbitrates the Cellular Wireless Public Sphere, For Now.

Dayna Goldstein, Georgia Southern University

MIT Will Publish All Faculty Articles Free in Online Repository (2009 Decision)

Charlotte Brammer, Samford University

J.D. Salinger and 60 Years Later: The Struggle between Copyright and the First Amendment

Kim D. Gainer, Radford University

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