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Intellectual Property on Campus: Studentsí Rights and Responsibilities

What issues arise when students’ uses of intellectual materials
are legally challenged, and how does the academic context affect
them? What happens when users of intellectual property, either
within or outside the academic structure, violate students’ rights
to their intellectual products? In Intellectual Property on Campus,
TyAnna K. Herrington addresses these concerns and more, clearing
up the confusion often surrounding intellectual property law and
its application in an academic setting. Filled with practical information
and simple yet thorough explanations, this volume provides
educators and students with a solid basis for understanding the
broader impacts of legal and ethical dilemmas involving intellectual
materials.

Herrington provides insight for students into how complex
concepts such as patent, trademark, copyright, fair use, and
plagiarism affect their work. She outlines the potential effects of
the choices students make, as well as the benefits and limitations of
legal protection for intellectual property, including the thorny issues
of authorship and authority under the 1976 Copyright Act. She
also explores the topic of student collaboration—now very common
on college campuses—and how it affects intellectual property issues
and legal relationships, as well as the impact of new technologies,
such as blogs, on student work in educational environments.

Intellectual Property on Campus also provides useful information for administrators and educators. In particular, Herrington investigates the possible ramifications of their pedagogical and policychoices, and examines in depth the responsibility of instructors to treat students’ intellectual property legally, ethically, and conscientiously. Cautioning educators about the limitations on their control over intellectual materials in an academic setting, Herrington encourages teachers to minimize their influence over student works, instead giving pupils more freedom to control their own creations.

The volume also investigates the rights, responsibilities, and limitations for users of intellectual property, as opposed to creators, especially as related to student or instructor use of copyrighted materials. Also discussed are such issues as fair use and the TEACH Act, as well as the often-intertwined areas of plagiarism, authorship, and copyright. In addition, Herrington addresses recent cultural developments regarding the use and creation of intellectual property by
students and instructors.