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Copyright, Plagiarism, and Fair Use

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Tonya Jordan

on 8 July 2014

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Transcript of Copyright, Plagiarism, and Fair Use

What is Copyright?
Copyright is a form of legal protection that is given to the author(s) or creator(s) of “original works of authorship,” including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic and other intellectual works. Let's take a closer look at Copyright basics.
More about Fair Use...
What is Plagiarism?
Plagiarism is unauthorized, unquoted, misquoted, or general misuse of someones words or ideas presented as your own. Let's learn more learn more about plagiarism.
More About Public Domain...
Public domain is when works are either not copyrighted or a former copyright has expired. You may use these works without permission however, you should still cite your source. Here is a cute video that delves deeper into public domain:
But Who is Going to Know?
It is important to maintain copyright ethics, not only because it is the right thing to do, but also because it is the law. As teachers we must encourage our students to maintain high ethical standards. It can sometimes be difficult for a student to figure out exactly if and how they can use another person's work. I found a great worksheet on the Read, Write, Think website that is attached to a wonderful copyright lesson. I think this worksheet can be helpful for anyone that may still be confused. http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/lesson_images/lesson1085/CanIUseIt.pdf
How About Some Humor?
I love this video because it is both funny and drives home the consequences of not following Copyright ethics. It also shows that copyright issues have a long history that keeps getting more complicated in an increasingly digital world.
Let's Review
All of this information can be a bit overwhelming, but I certainly hope that you have been able to learn some new information about Copyright, Fair Use, and Plagiarism. Here is a link to an interactive classroom that gives clear and concise answers to many Copyright related questions. It is a great way to review or gain clarity on the material. http://www.cyberbee.com/cb_copyright.swf
Take the Copyright challenge!
Use this link to take the Copyright Challenge and test your knowledge on Copyright and Fair Use basics: http://www.copyrightkids.org/quizframes.htm

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Copyright, Plagiarism, and Fair Use
by Tonya Jordan
Fair Use can be hard to understand, especially for students. This educator is teaching about fair use using parodies, mash-ups, and other popular culture:
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