Copyrights, Plagiarism and Fair Use


The Copyright Law of the United States tries to encourage the creation of art and culture by rewarding authors and artists with a set of exclusive rights. Copyright law grants authors and artists the exclusive right to make and sell copies of their works, the right to create derivative works, and the right to perform or display their works publicly. These exclusive rights are subject to a time limit, and generally expire 70 years after the author's death.



Resources to help avoid plagiarism:

Citation Machine







Fair Use

 the right of the public to make reasonable use of copyrighted material in special circumstances without the Copyright Owner's Permission.




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