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The goal of this module is to present the major issues surrounding intellectual property (IP): rather than attempt to discuss all four types of IP, trademarks, trade secrets, patents and copyright, we will focus on copyright. Our Faculty Expert for this module is Peggy Hoon, Director of the Scholarly Communications Center, NC State University. The Overview section presents two chapters from two well known textbooks on research ethics. In the Applied Ethics portion we discuss the idea of the labor contract and the idea of the Intellectual Commons to clarify some of the more complex issues. In the Central Theme section we focus on the resources here at NC State University, in particular, the Scholarly Communications Center and website. We also discuss some of the legal guidelines that affect graduate students and present a section on collaboration, noting concerns with documentation, record keeping and data management. Our Case Study is from the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics. We focus on plagiarism in our Study Question section and close, as usual, with a sampling of resources.


Authorship and Publication, Collaborative Research, Data Management, Plagiarism

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Engineering | Life Sciences | Medicine and Health Sciences | Physical Sciences and Mathematics | Social and Behavioral Sciences

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