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Andrea A. Lunsford and Susan West. Intellectual Property and Composition Studies.

Lunsford, Andrea A. and Susan West. "Intellectual Property and Composition Studies." CCC 47.3 (1996): 383-411.


Lunsford and West alert writing teachers to changes in intellectual property rights, especially as related to the Internet that could radically affect the work of writing teachers and students do together. Lunsford and West argue that an embrace of notions of individual authorship has led many writing teachers and theorists into an unwitting complicity with views of intellectual ownership that could limit the free exchange of texts and ideas, both online and off. Compositionists should have a "compelling interest in how laws governing ownership of language should be adjusted" in light of new technologies and postmodern challenges to ideas about authorship.

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