Copyright Infringement

The Art of Fielding Author Sued Over Copyright Infringement

Charles Green, a former college baseball player, is suing best-selling The Art of Fielding author Chad Harbach. Green alleges that Harbach copied many elements of his manuscript, Bucky’s 9th, including “the specific climax and denouement.” According to Green, the screenplay, which was later reworked into a novel, was shared widely among publishing and entertainment professionals, which is when he believes Harbach had the opportunity to pounce. Only time and an expensive lawsuit will tell.

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Understanding Intellectual Property

This video follows the story of a creative and talented woman named Candice who plays music, invented a new instrument and created a new business. Using copyright, patent and trademark laws, she learned to how to protect and build a business from her creations. It teaches:

•    Why intellectual property is different from physical property
•    The risk of not establishing and protecting ownership
•    Why copyright law matters in selling and managing your creative works
•    Why patent law matters in protecting your inventions
•    Why trademark law matters in protecting your brand

LINK to the video here.

(Mind… These are American videos… You need to be compliant with Canadian regulations, but the general points are still valid)

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Copyright and Creative Commons

This video helps to explain the basics of copyright law and creative commons licensing and the role each can play in helping creators protect and share their work. It teaches:

•    Why copyright law exists
•    How to copyright a creative work
•    Creative Commons licensing basics
•    How both copyright and Creative Commons licensing can help creators
•    Rules of thumb for using licensed work

LINK to the video here.

(Mind… These are American videos… You need to be compliant with Canadian regulations, but the general points are still valid)

 

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Turnitin Webcast

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So I’m not totally certain whether or not just anyone can actually sign up for this, but it’s probably worth a try…

Building a Community Around Integrity: Academics and the Ethical Elephant in the Room

Whether it’s Wikipedia or crowd-sourced answer websites, it is by now no surprise that students are taking advantage of the immediacy of information online. More than just that though, they are incorporating the information they find in their papers in ways that are short of appropriate (also not surprisingly). How do we start to tackle this ethical elephant? What are some strategies for engaging students in building a community around the ethical use of information they find online?

Join us for an engaging session with Gill Rowell, who will share tips and best practices for enlisting students in building a community of integrity.

View all Turnitin webcasts…  and register…

On Plagiarism

Forwarded to me by a colleague:

‘Today, a student was presenting his written work in front of the class. About a quarter of the way through his reading, I began to doubt it was his work. Passable, but not him. I took the last sentence he read out loud and Google’d it. I found it as he was about halfway done. I began reading it along with him from across the room. You don’t plagiarize in my class.

(I am unable to verify the original source… How funny is that! Find a reference at coderedd.net)

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