Copyright, Plagiarism & Fair Use



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Copyright, Plagiarism & Fair Use

Copyright is a law that protects an author's original work, including but not limited to poems, music, artistic designs, plays, books, etc.  The decision to allow others to reproduce, copy, publish, or sell author's original works belongs to the author.  Putting your name on someone else's work is called infringement and it is a crime.  You can be sued in a court of law.

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Plagiarism  is when someone takes another person’s words and use them without giving the original person credit. Just know if you use someone else's work/words as your own, it is not okay.

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Fair Use refers to exceptions in the rights of copyright holders. According to Plagiarism Today, four factors determine fair use:

(1) Purpose and Character 

(2) The Nature of Work

(3) The Amount of the Portion

(4) The Effects of the Use


Resources for students and parents:

Center for Copyright Information

Purdue Owl Online Writing Lab

Fair Use Evaluator