Copyright is a form or protection given to the author or creators of “original works”
Copyright promotes “creativity, innovation and the spread of knowledge” (U.S. Constitution)
1787: U.S. Constitution According to Article I, Section 8, Clause 8 of the U.S. Constitution, “the Congress shall have power… to promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries.”
1790: Copyright Act of 1790 – The First Congress implemented the copyright provision of the U.S. Constitution in 1790. It granted American authors the right to print, re-print, or publish their work for a period of fourteen years and to renew for another fourteen. The law was meant to provide an incentive to authors, artists and scientists to create original works. Major revisions to the act were implemented in 1831, 1870, 1909 and 1976.
Activity You find a design on the internet that will look great in your school project with some adjustments. You copy and paste it into your work.
When you download of copy something from the web without permission or payment - Ask yourself…
Have you acquired a legal copy of the work? Or does it look like a counterfeit or pirate source?
Is the work in the public domain? (U.S. Government work, .gov websites, Creative Commons)
Does copying this work feel right to you? What would your mother or grandmother say?
Are you only using a small portion for school or personal use?
Plagiarism and Paraphrasing
What is plagiarism?
Using another person’s words or ideas without crediting the original writer.
What can happen if you plagiarize?
Failure of the assignment or class
Requirement to do the work over
Lawsuit, fines, and/or firing for workplace plagiarism
Put in quotations everything that comes directly from the text – especially when taking notes.
Paraphrase with appropriate citations. Be sure you are not just rearranging or replacing a few words.
Check your paraphrase against the original text to be sure you haven’t accidently used the same phrases or words.
Give credit through footnotes/endnotes, a works cited page, or a bibliography.
Use Copyright Friendly sources such as Creative Commons–
Evaluate your group’s scenario
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Respect, Copyright and Fair Use Scenarios Activity. Northern Kentucky University - W. Frank Steely Library. Web. 22 Jan. 2010. http://creativethinking.nku.edu/lessons/handouts/Respect%20Copyright%20Fair%20Use%20Scenarios%20class%20activity.pdf
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” Association of Research Libraries: Copyright Timeline: A History of Copyright in the United States." Association of Research Libraries. Web. 22 Jan. 2010. <http://www.arl.org/pp/ppcopyright/copyresources/copytimeline.shtml>.