A copyright gives authors and artists control over the reproduction and distribution of works they create; consequently, permission for reproduction usually must be obtained from the owner.
Copyright is the right of the copyright holder to control the duplication, performance, and distribution of a work, applies to almost all creative and intellectual works. Copyright covers printed works such as books and journals, and their electronic equivalents. Sound recordings, motion pictures, photographs, works of art, computer programs, websites, and music are also covered by copyright.
Fair use is a legal principle that allows use of copyrighted materials without permission from the author under specific, limited conditions.
Definitions of Plagiarism: Plagiarism happens when you use someone else’s work in a way that suggests the work is your own.
5 ways in which you can commit plagiarism:
1) Using the exact words of another person's work/writing without acknowledgment of your source through the use of quotation marks and correct citation/documentation.
2) Rephrasing a passage by another writer without giving proper credit.
3) Using someone else's facts or ideas without acknowledgement.
4) Using a piece of writing for one course that was already used in a previous course (or in courses in which you are simultaneously enrolled) without express permission from both instructors to do so.
5) Presenting fabricated or falsified citations or materials.
Consequences of Plagiarism:
At the very least, a plagiarized assignment will receive no credit or a "zero.” The plagiarism of ideas and wording is an offense not only in the academic world, but also in the working world. It is a violation of copyright and of the trust necessary between colleagues and coworkers. Careers have been destroyed and reputations ruined when persons have been found guilty of plagiarism.
Resourceful Websites for Information about Copyright, Fair Use, and
Plagiarism, Copyright Infringement, and Fair Use- http://digitalinfolaw.com/plagiarism-copyright-infringement-and-fair-use/
Copyrights, Fair Use, and the Libraries- https://www.libraries.psu.edu/content/dam/psul/up/lls/documents/Copyright-Fair_Use_brochure.pdf
Copyright and Plagiarism Guide for Students- http://libguides.starkstate.edu/content.php?pid=508110&sid=4181176