January 25, 2022

Research Article: “‘The Fruits of Intellectual Labor’: International Student Views of Intellectual Property” (Preprint)

The following article/essay is scheduled for publication in the September 2015 issue of College & Research Libraries. The article was approved for publication on December 5, 2014.


The Fruits of Intellectual Labor’: International Student Views of Intellectual Property


Ilka Datig
New York University Abu Dhabi

Beth Russell
New York University Abu Dhabi


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In this paper we report on the results of a study conducted at New York University Abu Dhabi in Fall 2013. Our goal in the study was to gain a global college student perspective on issues related to intellectual property, including copyright and plagiarism. We found that, contrary to popular opinion, most of our students have a solid understanding of the nature of intellectual property rights, as interpreted within the North American higher education community. In addition, the majority of our students view violations of intellectual property rights and norms, such as plagiarism, negatively.

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