• Copyright and Fair Use

    We have at our fingertips access to millions of pages, images, and videos created by others.  Have you ever taken a video or image off the internet and used it?  Have you ever copied and pasted someone else’s words?  Did you give them credit?  If not, then you have broken copyright law and possibly plagiarized their work by passing it off as your own.     


     “Copyright and Fair Use.”  Online video clip. Common Sense Media, 29 April 2014. Web. 24 June 2014.

    So how do you use work by others and give them credit?  First, check with your teacher to find out which format you should use to document your sources. The two main citation styles that are used in high school are  MLA and APA. This video will help you to better understand plagiarism and basic ways to avoid it when writing a paper. 


    “Plagiarism: How to Avoid It.” Online video clip. You Tube, Bainbridge State College. 10 January 2010. Web. 14 June 2012.



    Purdue University Online Writing Lab

    Copyright is a law and a form of protection for creative work for everyone. You have copyright protection for products you have created.  Work smart and cite your sources.  

    Miller, Tara. “Copyright Law and You!” Online video clip. You Tube, 3 Oct. 2011.  Web. 21 July 2014.

    Creative Commons provides free and easy to use copyright licences so that you can share your creative work with others and use the work of others without worrying about breaking copyright law. Creative Commons licenses give permission to copy, distribute, remix, and build upon creative work. For more information visit Creative Commons.


    “Copyright and Creative Commons.” Online video clip. Common Craft. Web. 24 June 2014

    Permission granted with license to HCS.

    Do you still have questions?  You may find answers at Teaching Copyright. Your library information specialist can also help you with copyright or citation questions.