Composition and Copyright

Perspectives on Teaching, Text-making, and Fair Use

Edited by Steve Westbrook
Introduction by Steve Westbrook

Subjects: Composition And Rhetoric Studies, Teacher Education, Communication
Paperback : 9781438425924, 231 pages, January 2010
Hardcover : 9781438425917, 231 pages, April 2009

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Table of contents

Steve Westbrook
I Defining Cases and Contexts: Copyright, Digital Ethics, and Composition Studies
1. Property, Theft, Piracy: Rhetoric and Regulation in MGM Studios v. Grokster
Jessica Reyman
2. Fair Use and the Vulnerability of Criticism on the Internet
Sohui Lee
3. “Some Rights Reserved”: Weblogs with Creative Commons Licenses
Clancy Ratliff
4. In Defense of Obfuscation: Questioning Open Source and a New Perspective on Teaching Digital Literacy in the Writing Classroom
Brian D. Ballentine
II Teaching the Conflicts: Copyright Law in Pedagogical Theory and Practice
5. A Refrain of Costly Fires: Visual Rhetoric, Writing Pedagogy, and Copyright Law
Steve Westbrook
6. Beyond the Wake-up Call: Learning What Students Know about Copyright
Lisa Dush
7. Ideas Toward a Fair Use Heuristic: Visual Rhetoric and Compositiont
Martine Courant Rife
8. Blogging Down: Copyright Law and Blogs in the Classroom
TyAnna K. Herrington
III Concluding Polemics: Changing the Future of Composition and Copyright
9. The (Re)Birth of the Composer
John Logie
10. Own Your Rights: Know When Your University Can Claim Ownership of Your Work
Jeffrey R. Galin
List of Contributors

Essential copyright resource for teachers and writers, particularly those involved in electronic or new media.


Drawing on connections between legal developments, new media technologies, and educational practice, Composition and Copyright examines how copyright law is currently influencing processes of teaching and writing within the university, particularly in the dynamic contexts of increasing digital literacy, new media, and Internet writing. Contributors explore the law's theoretical premises, applications to writing classrooms, and the larger effects of copyright law on culture and literacy. Central to the volume is the question of what may constitute "infringement" or "fair use," and how the very definitions of these terms may permit or prohibit specific text-making activities. The essays cover a range of subjects, from students' appropriations of Internet images to using blogs in the classroom to the efforts by universities to claim legal ownership of professors' teaching and research materials. As new technologies and legislation are overturning traditional notions of intellectual property, this volume offers ways to navigate the issues in terms of pedagogy, research, and creating new media texts within the current legal framework.

Steve Westbrook is Assistant Professor of English at California State University, Fullerton.


"…the thoroughness with which background is established in each essay is meritorious … and the individual contributors deserve praise for their insights." — Issues in Writin

"…this well-conceptualized and interesting book should be read not only by composition teachers, communication scholars, and others who aspire to teach rhetoric to increasingly digitally savvy students but also by any composer of texts in our new electronic world." — Rhetoric Review