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CHAPTER 9 Privacy Rights and Intellectual Property Issues In a world th at is cha nging so much a nd so quickly, the rules th at govern it are forced t o do the same . Privac y righ ts a nd i ntellectual prop erty l aws are no exception, and they are two issues that cannot be ignored by universities. The first issue of privacy rights in re gard to students’ records has a very di- rect im pact on h igher e ducation. Th e Fe deral Ed ucational R ights and Pri vacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) prov ides the g uidelines c oncerning educational rec ords, student and parent access to them, and the obl igation of universities to protect that information. The U.S. education system has had more than 20 years to test these boundaries with recent circumstances demonstrating new interpretations. With intellectual property, two areas appl y on a l arge scale to universities. The first is written media. Plagiarism has been a matt er of c oncern for a l ong time, and it isn’t difficult to imagine that it is an exceptionally large problem on campus. With the In ternet have come new rules and possibilities when it comes to information and, therefor e, also plagiarism. This topic is co vered thoroughly in Chapter Five. The second area is perhaps not as obviously an issue for universities. Piracy of copyrighted audiovisual media has increased immensely s ince the Internet’s debut. Of co...
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