Software and Intellectual Rights

Respect for intellectual labor and creativity is vital to academic discourse and enterprise. This principle applies to works of all authors and publishers in all media. It encompasses respect for the right to acknowledgment, right to privacy, and right to determine the form, manner and terms of publication and distribution. Because electronic information is so volatile and easily reproduced, respect for the work and personal expression of others is especially critical in computer environments. Violations of authorial integrity, including plagiarism, invasion of privacy, unauthorized access, and trade secret and copyright violations, may be grounds for sanctions against members of the academic community. A statement of principle about intellectual property and the legal and ethical use of software.
This "code" - intended for adaptation and use by individual colleges and universities - was developed by the EDUCOM Software Initiative.

From Communications of the ACM, Vol. 32, No. 6, June 1989.
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Last updated 94/12/06

Reprinted with permission on ACM under a blanket agreement to the Virginia Tech Educational Infrastructure Grant, 1993.