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The 2014 CCCC Intellectual Property Annual: An Opportunity to Contribute

This year is the tenth anniversary of the CCCC-IP Annual, a publication created to fulfill the CCCC Intellectual Property Committee’s charge to keep the Conference on College Composition and Communication’s membership informed on key events and developments in intellectual property that took place over the previous year. Archives can be found at /cccc/committees/ip.

As 2014 nears its end, we are looking back on what happened over the course of the year in copyright legislation, fair use cases, open access publishing, and notable high-profile plagiarism cases. Developments regularly challenge our notions of what these terms mean, and we engage these developments in a timely manner each year in the CCCC-IP Annual. Typically, each article explains a particular development in intellectual property and analyzes its implications for teachers and scholars of rhetoric and composition. For example, the 2012 Annual contains an analysis of the rise of MOOCs written by James Porter.

Starting this year, we are encouraging multiple genres, such as short (1000-1500 words) scholarly articles, listicles (“7 Things Rhetoricians Need to Know about the Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science and Technology (FIRST) Act”), and infographics.

Some articles for the 2014 Annual have already been planned and are in progress (a working table of contents appears below this CFP). Ideas for additional submissions are listed immediately below, but we welcome additional ideas.

  • review of Electronic Frontier Foundation white paper published October 27, 2014: “Who Has Your Back: When Copyright and Trademark Bullies Threaten Free Speech, available at ”
  • review of EFF white paper “Unintended Consequences: 16 Years Under the DMCA”; available at
  • review of EFF white paper “Open Wi-Fi and Copyright: A Primer for Network Operators”; see and
  • report on Internet Slowdown campaign; see and
  • report on FIRST Act (open access),; see
  • report on Open Source Seed Initiative:; see

Please write to Clancy Ratliff if you are interested in contributing to this year’s Annual by writing about one of the above topics or other current events in copyright, authorship, and intellectual property. Manuscripts will be due February 28, 2015, for publication about one week before the CCCC convention.

Working Table of Contents, 2014 CCCC-IP Annual:

  • Kim Gainer, Georgia State University fair use case update
  • Wendy Warren Austin, Slavoj Žižek book review plagiarism case
  • Laurie Cubbison, Nic Pizzolatto “True Detective” plagiarism accusation
  • Karen Lunsford, California open access law on publicly funded research
  • Steven Engel, Montana senator John Walsh plagiarism case
  • Mike Edwards, review of EFF white paper “Collateral Damages: Why Congress Needs to Fix Copyright Law’s Civil Penalties”
  • Traci Zimmerman, review of documentary film “The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz”

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