Copyright probably isn't the first thing you think about when starting on an assignment or other creative project. However, copyright isn't something you should ignore. This website provides you with information and resources to learn more about both your rights and your responsibilities related to copyright.
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In academic work, it’s important to keep in mind the difference between copyright infringement and plagiarism.
Plagiarism is an ethical offense, which includes use of someone else's work without providing proper attribution and passing it off as your own. Plagiarism does not necessarily include copyright infringement, although it can be used as the basis to charge someone with copyright infringement. Even though copying one sentence, for example, from a short story or an online article is legal under copyright law, it may still qualify as plagiarism unless the source has been adequately cited.
Copyright infringement is a legal offense, which involves the unauthorized use or distribution of someone else's creative work, which can include writings, songs, video clips, movies, visual art, or other creative works, and is punishable under federal law. Taking a copyrighted work and making changes to it creates a “derivative work,” which would not be considered a unique work and also would not provide you with full copyright ownership. Properly citing a source avoids plagiarism, but not copyright infringement.
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Students are able to copy materials placed on reserve in the library for their personal use for the purposes of private study, research, education, review, criticism, news reporting, parody or satire. In cases where an entire work (e.g. the whole book) has been placed on reserve rather than just a short excerpt, student should ensure they do not copy more than is allowed under the fair dealing guidelines.
The Copyright Act requires use for the purposes of criticism, review, and news reporting to always include a full citation to qualify as fair dealing. In order to avoid plagiarism you should always provide a full citation when using others’ work in your own, regardless of your purpose in copying or the type of source.
See the library’s reading list & reserves page for more information on library reserves.
Creating video mash-ups, memes, and spoofs of popular culture are just a few examples of the sorts of creative re-use of copyright-protected works often found on the Internet. Formally called user-generated content, non-commercial new works that are created by those using the works of others are commonplace. The short video below introduces you to an important section of the Copyright Act that applies to this kind of creative use and re-use. While the video assumes a mash-up video, the exception applies to all kinds of media.
As a U of R student, the copying you can do without permission falls into several different categories:
Note that not everything available on the Internet is open access or in the public domain. It’s best to assume that content you find online is copyright protected unless there is a clear statement indicating otherwise. See educational use of the Internet for more details.
Any copying that does not fall into one of these categories would need the permission of the copyright owner.