Copyright & plagiarism for students

Copyright infringement
Copyright infringement is when an individual, who does not possess the copyright of a work, violates one or more of six rights (reproduction, adaptation, distribution, public performance, public display, digital transmission of sound recordings) of copyright owners. There are three types of copyright infringement: innocent, standard, or willful. Fines from $750 - $250,000. Criminal prosecution is possible when something has been copied and distributed on a large scale, such as pirating music and movies on file sharing sites. Maximum penalty is up to 5 years in prison and a fine of $350,000.

For more information about copyright infringement and what students can do to comply with copyright laws please review the video below.

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According to Merriam Webster, plagiarism is defined as:
- to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own
- to use (another's production) without crediting the sourceintransitive verb
- to commit literary theft
- to present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source

For more information about methods of preventing plagiarism, please review the video below.

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