ERIC Number: ED299678
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Legal, Societal, and Ethical Issues Concerning Intellectual Rights in Computer Education.
Brunner, Regina Baron
Computer software, which often takes years to produce, is currently being copied and used illegally in school settings. This violation of the law has many repercussions within the academic community. In this discussion, several court cases dealing with this situation are emphasized. It is also noted that the U.S. Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) has made an effort to differentiate between property rights and patents as this distinction applies to software. There are also recent additions to copyright laws that add computer software to those items protected. The educational community has typically not honored the copyright laws as they apply to the electronic media, though it has always strongly respected other kinds of intellectual property belonging to other persons. A recommendation is made that computer law courses must be developed for teachers so that they will be able to teach the legal requirements to their students and that academia in general must educate all those on campus as to what is appropriate, ethical, and legal behavior in respect to these issues. Twenty-seven references are appended. (LMS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Scholars and Educators (13th, Miami Shores, FL, October 7-8, 1988).