Copyright laws are a necessary and important part of our society. These laws protect those who create new original works from having that work copied and used without permission. The purpose of copyright is to help encourage the creation of original work. Without copyright laws artists and other creators of original work would be unable to make the money necessary to continue to create.
Copyrights do not restrict any and all use. Fair use is a doctrine that provides for exceptions to the rights granted by copyright laws. It allows for the use of copyrighted material under certain circumstances.
The scavenger hunt activity on this page will teach you more about copyrights and fair use. I have also posted this video from Common Sense Media that gives you some great tips on how to avoid copyright infringement.
Use this link to find the answers to the following questions related to copyrights. Download the worksheet to fill in your answers for this and the plagiarism hunt. [Worksheet]
When writing a paper students will almost always consult several different sources for information. When students use this information they are expected to give credit to the original author to avoid plagiarism. The video and scavenger hunt on this page will help students and parents better understand why plagiarism occurs and how to avoid it.
Use this link to find the answers to the following questions related to plagiarism. http://www.plagiarism.org/plag_article_plagiarism_faq.html
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