Friday, November 29, 2019

Teaching about Plagiarism but not Copyright?

Teachers and educators will hold students to a high standard when it comes to plagiarism, but unfortunately they haven’t been as strict about copyright/trademark laws. Students have been encouraged to find photographs and artwork online to include in their presentations and projects.

Plagiarism: is the act of taking someone else’s work and presenting it as your own without giving credit/citation to the original creator.

Copyright: is the exclusive right given to the creator of a creative work.  The creative work may be in a literary, artistic, educational, or musical form

If you use someone else’s creative work, like music, photographs, or illustrations, it can be illegal. You can possibly be breaking copyright and/or trademark laws.

Here are two recent articles about legal action taken on schools
for breaking copyright laws:

Houston school sued for copyright infringement

German school sued photo copyright 

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