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Copyright and plagiarism


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Copyright and plagiarism

  1. 1. Copyright and PlagiarismBy Ashley Louise Hurd
  2. 2. What exactly is Copyright?• Copyright is a way for someone to protect their work• Just because something is publicly available does not mean it is free to use and copy• If the symbol ( ) isn’t on the work does that mean I can copy it? – No, copyright is automatic. As soon as something is captured in a fix format such as being written down or recorded it is protected by copyright – However having the copyright symbol is a good way to remind people
  3. 3. Copyright Holders• A copyright holder has exclusive rights to his or her work and are protected by US Copyright law• Copy right holders have the right to: – Copy – Distribute – Perform and display their work
  4. 4. What is protected and what is not by Copyright??• Protected: • Not Protected: – Books Ideas, Facts, and Data – Magazines – Photos – Screenplays – Songs – Software – Podcasts – Online Articles
  5. 5. To sum it up…• People don’t mean to copyright most of the time• However, it matters because it is the law, its ethical, and it ensures the high value• Always Remember: – know the facts – remember your responsibilities – when in doubt get permission
  6. 6. Fair Use• Fair use allows people to use information without permission• Fair use may include: – Commentary, parody, news, reporting, scholarly research, education• There are 4 factors to help determine if it is considered fair use: – The purpose and character of the use – The nature of the copyrighted work – The amount and substantiality – The effect on the market
  7. 7. Plagiarism• When you use someone else’s ideas or words and pass them off as your own – stealing a persons ideas or writing• How to avoid Plagiarizing? – Summarize what you read in your own words – Give credit to the source you are using (Citing) • By writing down the author, website or sourced used and put it in a bibliography • If you wouldn’t know the information before you saw the source then cite it!!
  8. 8. Works Cited• hW4&feature=related• arism.html• All images were taken from