Copyright, Plagiarism, and Fair Use

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Copyright- The exclusive legal right, given to an originator or an assignee to print, publish, perform, film, or record literary, artistic, or musical material, and to authorize others to do the same.

Plagiarism-Wrongful appropriation of another author's "language, thoughts, ideas, or expressions."

Fair Use- Legal use of copyrighted materials without permission of the owner provided the use is fair and reasonable, does not impair the value of materials, and does not curtail profits expected by owner.

The following are considered forms of plagiarism:

  • Passing off as your own a piece of work that is partly or wholly the work of another student
  • Citing and referencing sources that you have not used
  • Quoting, summarising or paraphrasing material in your assignment without citing the original source
  • 'Recycling' a piece of your own work that you have previously submitted for another module or course (i.e. self-plagiarism).

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