The Effects of Intellectual Property Law in Writing Studies: Ethics, Sponsors, and Academic Knowledge-Making, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Effects of Intellectual Property Law in Writing Studies

Ethics, Sponsors, and Academic Knowledge-Making, 1st Edition

By Karen J. Lunsford, James P. Purdy


232 pages

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This book documents the intellectual property experiences of writing studies scholars and challenges naturalized ways of responding to intellectual property concerns.

Analyzing results of a nationwide survey and semi-structured interviews to examine ways decisions about intellectual property (IP) during academic knowledge-making are mediated by histories of enculturation, ethical lenses, and IP sponsors, the book:

  • Identifies and illustrates a range of ethical stances that academics might adopt in regard to IP and the range of human, institutional, and technological sponsors that can mediate IP decisions;
  • Provides evidence that IP affects all of the processes of academic knowledge-making, not just the final product;
  • Offers heuristic questions that academics can and should ask throughout their teaching, research, and editing to make proactive IP decisions.

The book is an essential read for academics working in writing studies and the humanities as well as those interested in IP. This text could also be used in graduate student training in writing studies and related disciplines.

Table of Contents

1. An Introduction to Academic IP Stories

2. Histories of IP in Academia

3. Ethical Lenses Academics Bring to IP Stories

4. IP Gatekeepers

5. Effects of IP on the Full Knowledge-Making Cycle

6. A Concluding Call to Action

About the Authors

Karen J. Lunsford is Associate Professor of Writing and Director of the PhD Emphasis in Writing Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Most recently, she has co-edited a special issue of the online journal Kairos on Ownership, Authorship, and Copyright.

James P. Purdy is Associate Professor of English/Writing Studies and Director of the University Writing Center at Duquesne University, where he received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching. He has co-edited four books and written numerous articles and book chapters on digital writing and research practices and spaces.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Rhetoric and Communication

This series is our home for cutting-edge scholarly studies and edited collections in the fields of rhetoric and writing studies. Interdisciplinary in approaches, these titles are characterized by dynamic interventions into established subjects and innovative studies on emerging topics.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Administration / Higher
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Composition & Creative Writing
LAW / Intellectual Property / Copyright
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies