It is understood that students will build on previous research and scholarship as part of their assignments, but it is important that they do so in an ethical and legal way. This requires them to consider both plagiarism and copyright infringement.
Plagiarism is using someone else’s work or ideas without giving proper credit. It is an issue of ethics and academic integrity
Copyright infringement is unauthorized copying of someone else’s work. It is a legal issue.
Many assignments are created with the premise of expanding on research and creating an original work by the student.
When a work that includes copyrighted materials is published or otherwise made publicly available, there are additional copyright considerations. Students can review the Copyright Basics tab for additional information.
In addition to citing their sources in order to avoid plagiarism, students will need to do one of the following if their use of copyrighted works falls outside of the Fair Use Guidelines:
Copyright is automatic, and it is not necessary to register for copyright or use the © symbol. If you are interested in registering for copyright, please review the registration portal.
In general, whoever creates a work is the copyright holder. (An exception would be works made for hire.) Authors of dissertations, theses, and projects in the graduate and honors programs own the copyright to their work.
The copyright holder may grant permission to others who wish to use their work. They may also use a free Creative Commons license to allow others to use their work without asking for permission. A Creative Commons license allows the copyright holder to choose the terms by which others can use their works. All Creative Commons licenses require attribution to the author.