Owning the Intangible: Possession, Theft, and (Mis)Appropriation of Ideas


The books on this reading list will be supplemented by a number of shorter readings that we will select. You will note that there are very few texts listed here (at least at first). I have chosen to limit the number of required texts so that I may challenge you to find some for areas of your own interest.

Intellectual Property

Primary Reference Material

Section 17 of the U.S. Code (Copyright).

The basics of U.S. copyright law in way too many pages. I do not expect you to read the whole copyright code. However, you should be able to skim it to identify key points.

Section 35 of the U.S. Code (Patent)

The basics of U.S. patent law in way too many pages. I do not expect you to read the whole patent code. However, you should be able to skim it to find important points.

Note that copyright and patent law are subjects that generate enough heated discourse that the Wikipedia entries are not necessarily accurate. Also, lawyers may be less likely to update Wikipedia entries than those with less expertise, so many legal-related Wikipedia entries should be read with care.

Some Perspectives on IP

We will draw our readings on IP from a variety of sources, including the following.

McLeod, K. (2005). Freedom of Expression (R): Overzealous Copyright Bozos and Other Enemies of Creativity. Doubleday.

Patry, W. (2009). Moral Panics and the Copyright Wars (1st ed.). Oxford University Press, USA.

Writing, Reading, and More


Rebelsky, S. A. (2010). (Not Quite) Everything You Need to Know to Survive SamR's Tutorial, Fall 2010 Edition. Grinnell, Iowa: Glimmer Press.

Over the years, I've accumulated a lot of advice and other writing that I consider it important for my Tutorial students to read and reflect upon. All that stuff is now gathered in this volume. I will be making some changes throughout the semester and will be adding other pages as we get to new things you should know about.

Williams, Joseph (1995). Style: Toward Clarity and Grace. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

This is the primary text that you will use to ground your learning of academic skills. You will turn to it to hone your writing.

Williams, Joseph and McEnerney, Lawrence (1995). Writing in College: A Short Guide to College Writing. Chicago, IL: The Humanities Collegiate Division of The College of The University of Chicago. Online resource at http://writing-program.uchicago.edu/resources/college_writing/ (visited 24 August 2003; reportedly last modified September 1998; last modified 1 August 1999). Currently available at http://writing-program.uchicago.edu/resources/collegewriting/ (visited 28 March 2010).

This is where you'll start your consideration of writing. It's a relatively short discourse on what it means to write for at the college level, with particular attention paid to thesis statements and arguments.



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