Define “intellectual property” and relate your discussion to copyrights laws in Canada. What is considered intellectual property? How would you distinguish ‘stealing’ from a legitimate sharing of ideas/stories/characters etc.? (1) Introduction • Start by defining the term. • Provide an essential definition of the term – refer to a dictionary, a legislative document, an expert’s definition etc. • Also, use an illustration, comparison, negation, or a short narration to better define the term. • Then explain why the definition might be problematic. • Is there an agreed-upon meaning of the definition? • Use Lewis’s typology of definitions: arbitrary, subjective, definitions with purpose, and problematic definitions. • How does the definition fit into Kent’s typology? • Who defined the term? • From what point of view? • Is the definition biased? • Is it descriptive or prescriptive? • What purpose is served? • What power backs up the definition (Lewis 75-76).
• (2) Body • Analyze the definition by using Lewis’s three criteria: content, purpose and effect. • Just as Lewis analyzed the terms pornography and the First-Nations identity, you should also provide a detailed analysis of the term you chose by applying the criteria of content, purpose and intent (each criterion should be discussed in a separate body paragraph). • Demonstrate the effectiveness of the definition if only the criterion of content is used. • What happens when you include the intent and the effect criteria? • How do the definition process and the authority behind it affect the social context? • Can the definition be used as a tool of manipulation and how? • For example, explain what happens when the term “confidential information” is defined by the criterion of content. • How do the intent and effect criteria contribute to the clarification of the term? • Explicitly refer to Lewis’s concepts and statements. However, you should not simply quote or paraphrase the author, but should apply the author’s method when analyzing the definition process.
• (3) Conclusion • Evaluate the effectiveness of the three criteria in defining the term. • Have the boundaries been established? • Does the definition reflect a prejudice? • Has the cultural norm has been used as reference? • Are any parts of the definition questionable? • Summarize the social implications of the definition process.