Intellectual property

Frustration Over 'Framing'

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Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab, also know as OWL, helps students improve their writing skills. But the writing lab's instructors want students who use OWL’s Web resources to do so on the program's Web site.

That’s why officials at OWL were disturbed to find last week that Tutor.com, a company that offers free instructional resources in addition to commercial e-tutoring services, was “framing” OWL’s original writing under its own banner.

Is It a Sin?

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As a small Christian college in St. Paul, Minn., Bethel University seems like the kind of place where sharing would be commonplace. A recent plagiarism case on the campus, however, has plunged the college into a debate over the difference between collegial exchanges of course materials and the outright stealing of fellow professors’ ideas.

'Piracy'

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Academe today is the site of myriad conflicts over intellectual property, including those of patent ownership, piracy of university press publications, and Google Books, to name just a few.

'Fair Use' and ... Football?

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Feel free to walk with a bit more of a strut today, all you librarians: A bunch of big strong football players have turned to you for protection. (Okay, so it's in a courtroom, not on a playing field. But still ...)

Patent Reform and University Research

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Senate panel holds broad hearing on pros and cons of Bayh-Dole Act -- but with a very specific agenda for one Midwestern university.

High Court to Hear Patent Case

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Justices agree to review appeals court ruling that universities and Obama administration argue would upend system for determining ownership of U.S.-funded inventions.

IRB Overreach?

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Faculty member sues Brown U. for barring her from using her own research because she paid her subjects different amounts of money.

Can You Own a Color?

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Syracuse has run into a roadblock in its attempt to trademark the word "orange" -- seven other universities that use the color, too.

Supremes Rule Against Stanford

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Court's majority rules that Bayh-Dole law does not give universities and other contractors automatic ownership rights in inventions developed by their researchers.

Entrepreneurship vs. Scholarship?

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Trying to wring revenues from research poses risks to academe, one scholar warns.

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