Saturday, October 22, 2005

Intellectual Property: A serious issue.

Many things have happened in the past one week since I wrote this. I haven't had the time to sit down and write a part 3 on the above, with my much limited time on hands.

The issue of intellectual property comes up today as something pertinent to the above happened in class.

Many of my classmates have done the assignment of childcare and context in Malaysia, and their assignments have been returned since, with a spectrum of varying grades. Among them was a student, whose work has scored almost perfect. Now, she made a presentation today in class, using the powerpoint presentation that the she had created.

I was late, so I didn't get to watch the entire presentation. *my bad, huh?*
The students all requested if they could make a hardcopy of her presentation, to which she declined, saying to the effect that her work would be published soon, because she has kinda "given up" the rights to this publisher.

If an author submits an article to an editorial, and is paid for it, who then holds the rights to the article printed? The issue is compounded by the fact that the author has not been made to sign any kind of contract in to whom the rights to the article has been published.

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