Copyright, Plagiarism, Fair Use & Parent Resources

What is copyright, plagiarism, and fair use?



Copyright is defined as the exclusive to make, license, and otherwise exploit a literary, musical, or artistic work, whether printed, audio, video, etc.: works granted such by law on or after January 1, 1978, are protected for the lifetime of the author or creator and for a period of 70 years after his or her death.


Copyright Video Link



Example of work protected by copyright:

  • Musical, literacy works
  • Motion pictures
  • Movie Sequels



Plagiarism is defined as an act or instance of using or closely imitating the language and thoughts of another author without authorization and the representation of the author’s work as one’s own, as by not crediting the original author.


Four types of Plagiarism:

  • Direct Plagiarism
  • Self-Plagiarism
  • Mosaic Plagiarism
  • Accidental Plagiarism

Resources for “how to” cite sources


Fair Use

Fair use is defined as reasonable and limited use of copyrighted material so as not to infringe upon copyright.

Examples of Fair Use:

  • Information on student projects
  • Video clips for teaching lessons
  • Video or sound clips for films
  • Quotes in books


Additional resources for students and parents

Brain Pop-Plagiarism-

Parents’ Guide to Copyright and Fair Use-

The Right Stuff: Teaching Kids About copyright-



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