Copyright laws protect many different avenues of authorship of literary works.
Copyright is a form of protection given to the authors or creators of “original works of authorship,” including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic and other intellectual works. As the author of the work, you alone have the right to give individuals the right to use your work. Permission must be given in order to legally use someone else's work.
Become familiar with copyright laws:
- to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own
- to use (another's production) without crediting the source
- to commit literary theft
- to present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source
Always check to make sure you have not plagiarized another authors work.
Be sure to site sources that you wish to quote:
Fair Use (in US copyright law) is the doctrine that brief excerpts of copyright material may, under certain circumstances, be quoted verbatim for purposes such as criticism, news reporting, teaching, and research, without the need for permission from or payment to the copyright holder.
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