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English556,AuthorshipandIntellectualPropertyinRhetoricandWriting: ExploringNotionsofCopyright,Plagiarism,andCreativeAppropriation Dr.

ClancyRatliff

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CourseDescription
The field of rhetoric and composition studies has produced a considerable body of work about notions of authorship: the study of the rhetoric surrounding debates about copyright and file sharing/piracy; the intellectual history of authorship as a concept; and pedagogical theory about student authorship, collaborative writing, and plagiarism. This seminar will engage these scholarly works as well as current practices in popular culture such as remix, mashups, and machinima. For those interested in literature and creative writing, we will spend some time discussing authorship of creative work, including found poetry, allusion, using copyrighted material in video compositions and performances, and other practices of creative appropriation of others work. Those interested in writing pedagogy or who may be interested in a survey-type course in composition theory will have the opportunity to form that foundation of knowledge through reading pedagogical theory about collaboration, authorship in the classroom context, plagiarism, and more. For students interested in rhetoric and technology, we will be examining cultural shifts in ideas about copyright and intellectual property as propelled by advances in technology, as well as alternative models of copyright, like copyleft and Creative Commons licenses.

RequiredTexts

TheMakingandUnmakingofIntellectualProperty CompositionandCopyright

Assignments

500wordweeklyreadingresponses,2025pageseminarpaper,presentation

GradeDistribution

ClassParticipation30% MoodlePosts30% SeminarPaper40%

Attendance

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AcademicIntegrity

Inthiscourse,we'llbetalkingaLOTaboutplagiarism.AsRebeccaMooreHowardhas written,flagrantplagiarism,ontheorderofturninginwholepaperswrittenbysomeone otherthanyou,shouldbetreatedasfraud,likefalsifyingatranscript.Anditwill,inthisclass. Idon'texpecttoseethatorsmallerscaleplagiarism,andIcertainlywon'tbehavingyourun yourpapersthroughTurnitin(unlessyouwantto,asanexperimentalorperformative exercise).IfIquestionyourclaimtoauthorshipinsomeway,I'lltalktoyouaboutit.

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DailySchedule(SubjecttoChange): Week1:Overview August21:IntroductiontoCourse. August23:LunsfordandWest,"IntellectualPropertyandCompositionStudies"; Woodmansee,"TheGeniusandtheCopyright" Week2:Overview,continued. August28:Logie,"The(Re)BirthoftheComposer,"C&(C);IntroductiontoC&(C)andM&U August30:DeVoss,"EnglishStudiesandIntellectualProperty:Copyright,Creativity,andthe Commons";Dush,C&(C);prefaceofCopywrite;introductiontoFreeCulture Week3:TheoriesofAuthorship September4:Foucault,"WhatIsanAuthor";Barthes,"TheDeathoftheAuthor"

September6:Eliot,"TraditionandtheIndividualTalent";PeterJaszi,"PostmodernCopyright," M&U Week4:FairUse September11:Rife,Lee,C&(C);Herrington,"TheInterdependencyofFairUseandtheFirst Amendment";Herrington,"FollowingtheFramers,"Copywrite September13:Young,"TheVoicesofHurricaneKatrina,PartI";McDaniel,"TheVoicesof HurricaneKatrina,PartII";McDaniel,"ConventionCentersoftheNewWorld";CodeofBest PracticesinFairUseforPoetry Week5:RhetoricinFileSharing/PiracyDebates September18:Woodmansee,"Publishers,Privateers,Pirates,"M&U;Liang,"Beyond Representation,"M&U September20:Johns,"ThePropertyPolice,"M&U;Lessig,chapters15,FreeCulture Week6:RhetoricinFileSharing/PiracyDebates,continued. September25:Logie,Peers,Pirates,andPersuasion September27:Reyman,"Property,Theft,Piracy"inC&(C);Gillespie,"Characterizing Copyright,"M&U Week7:AlternativeModelsofCopyright October2:Lowe,"ConsiderationsforCreativeCommonsLicensingofOpenEducational Resources:TheValueofCopyleft";Ratliff,"'SomeRightsReserved',"C&(C) October4:Kelty,"InventingCopyleft,"M&U;TBA

Week8:FeministTheoriesofAuthorship October9:Lunsford,"Rhetoric,Feminism,andthePoliticsofTextualOwnership";Edeand Lunsford,"RhetoricinaNewKey"

Week9:CollaborativeAuthorship October16:EdeandLunsford,"WhyWrite...Together?""CollaborationandConceptsof Authorship" October18:Spigelman,"HabitsofMind";TBA Week10:PlagiarismandPedagogy October23:Howard,"Plagiarisms,Authorships,andtheAcademicDeathPenalty";Councilof WritingProgramAdministrators,"DefiningandAvoidingPlagiarism:TheWPAStatementon BestPractices" October25:Price,"Beyond'Gotcha'";Robillard,WeWontGetFooledAgain:OntheAbsence ofAngryResponsestoPlagiarisminCompositionStudies Week11:PlagiarismandPedagogy,continued October30:RobillardandFortune,"TowardaNewContentforWritingCourses:Literary Forgery,Plagiarism,andtheProductionofBelief";draftdue November1:CCCCIPCaucusPositionStatementonPlagiarismDetectionServices;Landow, "Ms.Austen'sSubmission";Robillard,"PassitOn:RevisingthePlagiarismisTheftMetaphor" Week12:PlagiarismandPedagogy,continued November6:Ritter,"TheEconomicsofAuthorship:OnlinePaperMills,StudentWriters,and FirstYearComposition";Ritter,"BuyingIn,SellingShort:APedagogyAgainsttheRhetoricof OnlinePaperMills"JohnsonFarris,"MovingBeyondPlagiarized/NotPlagiarizedinaPoint, Click,andCopyWorld,"Copywrite November8:Howard,Serviss,andRodrigue,WritingfromSources,Writingfrom Sentences";Halasek,"Review:TheorizingPlagiarismintheUniversity" Week13:Teachers'IntellectualProperty November13:Reyman,"Copyright,DistanceEducation,andtheTEACHAct:Implicationsfor TeachingWriting";Galin,"OwnYourRights,"C&(C)

November15:Amidon,"AuthoringAcademicAgency:ChartingtheTensionsbetweenWork forHireUniversityCopyrightPolicies,"Copywrite;Mangan,"FacultyCryFoulOver IntellectualPropertyPolicyatU.ofLouisianaSystem";UniversityofLouisianaSystem, "IntellectualPropertyandSharedRoyalties"

Week14:Outtakes November20:Perlman;OliarandSprigman,M&U Week15:Colloquium November27:Presentations November29:Presentations

SupplementalRecommendedReading: Twospecialissues(1998and2010)ofComputersandComposition JessicaLitman,DigitalCopyright OpenSourcespecialissueofComputersandCompositionOnline JessicaReyman,TheRhetoricofIntellectualProperty ClancyRatliff,reviewofReyman SivaVaidhyanathan,CopyrightsandCopywrongs;TheAnarchistintheLibrary TyAnnaHerringtonandJayDavidBolter,ControllingVoices:IntellectualProperty,Humanistic Studies,andtheInternet IPAnnuals:http://www.ncte.org/cccc/committees/ip JohnLogie,articleinFirstMonday KarenBurkeLeFevre,InventionasaSocialAct RebeccaMooreHowardandAmyRobillard,PluralizingPlagiarism RebeccaMooreHoward,StandingontheShouldersofGiants JaniceLauer,InventioninRhetoricandComposition LisaEdeandAndreaLunsford,WritingTogether:CollaborationinTheoryandPractice