ERIC Number: EJ924867
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
Reference Count: 8
Who Owns My Words? Intellectual Property Rights as a Business Issue
Jameson, Daphne A.
Business Communication Quarterly, v74 n2 p210-215 Jun 2011
Most college faculty approach plagiarism as a moral issue: a violation of the rules of the university and a violation of the behavioral standards of the academic world. However, business communication faculty can enhance students' educations by approaching plagiarism as one aspect of a larger business issue: the protection of intellectual property. The term "intellectual property" refers to ownership of original creations of the mind--not only literature, art, music, and inventions but also business-related ideas and expressions of ideas, such as documents, logos, designs, processes, discoveries, and trade secrets. By focusing instruction on the broader ethical question of intellectual property rights, faculty can help students identify how to meet ethical standards and legal requirements when using others' intellectual property in business or academic settings. In this article, the author first shows how plagiarism fits into the broader question of intellectual property rights. Then she discusses two cases that business communication faculty could use in their courses as a basis for explaining plagiarism and discussing its complexities and implications.
Descriptors: Business Communication, Plagiarism, Copyrights, Ethics, College Faculty, Behavior Standards, Ownership, Legal Problems, Business Education
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