Copyright, Plagiarism, and Fair Use

What is Copyright?

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. 

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What is Plagiarism?

Plagiarism: The practice of taking someone else's work or ideas and passing them off as one's own. 

  • Example: OWL at Purdue offers resources and examples on how to correctly cite works without plagiarisms. The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material, and we provide these as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue. Students, members of the community, and users worldwide will find information to assist with many writing projects. Teachers and trainers may use this material for in-class and out-of-class instruction.  

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What is Fair Use?

Fair Use:  A doctrine in the law of the United States that permits limited use of copyrighted material without having to first acquire permission from the copyright holder. 

Copyright and Creativity for Ethical Digital Citizens




Resource 1: OWL at Purdue - 

Resource 2: Easybib - 

Resource 3: Understanding & Preventing Plagiarism