Copyright and Fair Use
Is it ok to download or copy an online picture and post it on the internet or in your presentation?
Can you download a song or video from YouTube and save it to your computer?
If you answered yes to either of these questions, then you would be breaking the copyright law.
The internet provides millions of pages, images, and videos created by others. If you ever have
copied someone else’s words or pictures from the web, did you give them credit? If not, you have
broken copyright law. You have presented someone else’s work as your own.
"Copyright and Fair Use." YouTube. YouTube, 5 Sept. 2014. Web. 9 June 2015.
Is it ever okay to use a copyrighted image or words? Yes. There is a term called ‘fair use' for educational purposes.
Fair use is determined on a case by case basis, but considers four basic criteria:
- The purpose and character of the use
- The nature of the copyrighted work
- The amount of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work
- The effect of the use on the commercial market.
Creative Commons Logo. Digital image. Creative Commons. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 June 2015.
Are you creative and publish your work online?
If so, do you want others to copy your work and get credit for it?
Creative Commons provides free and easy to use copyright licenses 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 may give permission to copy, distribute,
remix, and build upon creative work. For more information visit Creative Commons Explained.
Taking someone else’s words or ideas and passing them off as your own is plagiarism. With technology,
plagiarism is very easy to do. Most people don’t even realize they’re doing it. They simply copy and paste
information from a website into their paper or presentation and never give credit to the original source where
the information was located. However, it is a form of theft that can result in a failing grade or worse.
Watch the following video to see how to avoid plagiarism.
How should you give credit when you use someone else’s work? This is a question
your teachers and media specialist can answer more in depth. What you need to
understand for now is that there is a right way and a wrong way to use things found on the internet.
"Plagiarism: How to Avoid It." YouTube, 5 Jan. 2010. Web. 9 June 2015.