What is . . . ?
Taking someone else's work and passing it off as your own.
Stealing intellectual property - "unauthorized reproduction or use of a copyrighted book, recording, television program, patented invention, trademarked product, etc." (from Dictionary.com)
Think About It
Ignorance of the law is no excuse.
If you are not sure if a piece of work is copyrighted, it doesn't make it OK to use it. It is your responsibility to find out if it is copyrighted or assume it is and get permission.
If it sounds to good to be true then it probably is.
If something is free that you usually need to pay for such as movies or music, then chances are it is not legal to have and/or use it without paying for it.
- copying text without giving proper credit to the original author or source
- copying information from Internet sites and passing it off as your own
- using someone else's paper or project and turning it in as your own
- take citation notes on every source (title, author, publisher, publication date, url, date accessed)
- place quotation marks around directly quoted text and include author's name and title of publication
- paraphrase correctly
- ALWAYS cite your sources
For more information:
- Plagiarism and How to Avoid It
From WCSU - information on what plagiarism is and how to avoid it. Includes examples of correct and incorrect paraphrasing.
- Facts on File Issues and Controversies, "Avoiding Plagiarism"
What is plagiarism? How can I avoid plagiarism? Includes examples of how to correctly quote a source.
Piracy includes downloading music, copying software, downloading games, downloading and/or copying movies and much more. It is anytime you download or copy copyrighted material without the author's/creator's permission and it is ILLEGAL. Piracy is stealing. It is that simple. The Internet has made it very easy to take these things, but just because it is easy doesn't make it right (or legal).
The following symbols will help you identify copyrighted material:
Not all copyrighted material will have these symbols or information on the copyright. Unless the material specifically gives permission to copy/download and use, you must assume that you cannot.
For more information:
- United States Patent and Trademark Office Kids' Pages
What is piracy and ways to stop it as well as examples of piracy.