Copyright, Plagiarism, and Fair use

Copyright protects the creators of intellectual property, such as writing, art, music, and other tangible mediums. Authors and creators have exclusive rights to their property, and those rights are protected by U.S. law and based on the Constitution.





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Plagiarism is the theft of an individual's intellectual property without giving credit to its creator. Often misunderstood, plagiarism can be easy to do if you aren't careful!








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Fair Use is an exception to Copyright law that allows the use of content for limited purposes including parody, criticism, and teaching.

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