What are copyright, plagiarism and Fair Use?

                                                                                     What is copyright?

Copyright is a law that gives you complete ownership of your work as an author, painter, or creator. This keeps ones work protected from being used by others like it is their own. This is law provided in the United States Constitution. You will find the copy right signal on things such as movies, books, and food products. This says that you cannot take someone elses creation and turn it into your own. If you do this a judge may ask you to delete your work, pay fines to the person whose work you stole, or the court may stop you from ever publishing material again. This is a very serious offense and you should never take someone elses work and turn it into your own.

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What is plagiarism?                                                                                        

Plagarism is an attempt to disguise the original material by exchanging words, phrases, and references by using the same source or by acknowledging a quote or idea or paraphrasing someone’s original work without citing it. Plagiarism can result in termination or disqualification. It is the unauthorized use or close imitation of the language or thoughts of another author and representing as one's own work. Plagiarism can get you expelled from the school you are in and you will have to pay fines. The punishment for plagiarism is determined by the dean or principal of your school. 


Many people know what regular plagiarism is but a lot of people do not know about self-plagiarism. Self-plagiarism is the act of taking onself work and turning it into another class. For an example, if you publish a thesis paper for one class in the fall and then a class in spring ask you to write a thesis paper on the same topic. So, you deciede you are just going to publish the same paper then you are commiting self-plagiarism.


               Video on plagarism: Plagiarism



What is fair use?                                                                                                             

Fair use is any copying of a copyrighted work that is done for a limited time and a purpose. This is normally used when criticizing or commenting on ones work. Fair use is never a cut and dry. Even if you say that you pulled something from another site and say fair use and give some credit to the creator you can still get in trouble for copyright. You must make sure that you completely give full credit and ask permission from the owner before using it. The punishment for this is determined by a judge.

        Video on fairuse: Fair Use




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