What do you know about Copyright and Plagiarism?
Try this quiz before you start

  • Copyright is the 'right' a person has to own their own ideas (intellectual property) and to benefit from them. ($ and thanks).
  • Everyone (including you!), who creates original ideas (words, pictures, music etc) 'owns them' and has the right to benefit from them.
  • Copyright protects the intellectual property of the creator.
  • It is often shown by the copyright symbol.
  • Copyright does not just apply to words in books. It can be in any media or form.
  • It is against the law to break copyright.

  • Plagiarism is when you use some one else's words or ideas and pass them off as if they are yours.
  • It is not acceptable at school or at home.
  • Plagiarism breaches copyright.

Preventing Plagiarism
  • Be organised. Start your work early
  • Remember that most works are copyright.
  • Read the back of the title page of books to find copyright information. You will find similar information on most other media.
  • Take notes in your own words.
  • Put quotation marks around words you want to use and use 'in text' referencing.
  • If you would like to use something and are not sure you can, ask the owner of the copyright for permission.
  • Document your sources as you go.
  • Always plan to have a bibliography.
  • Reference. If in doubt. Do it!
  • Use the ORG to reference correctly.

How much can I copy legally?
  • Students and teachers can copy more if they need things for educational purposes and research, providing you do not publish it. Sources still need to be acknowledged properly.
  • This is called 'fair use' or 'fair dealing'.
  • As soon as you publish your work on the web, fair dealing rules do not apply.

Creative Commons
  • Owners of original materials who are happy for other people to re-use and even change their original works licence their property with Creative Commons.Rhis can include images, music, video, clip art.
  • Try this site to find resources Creative Commons search
  • When you use use Google you can also use an advanced search to find items that you can re-use and modify.
  • Even if work is under the Creative Commons website, you still need to 'attribute' the owner of the work.


Useful links and websites
A fun site for kids that answers questions about copyright
Outlines the rules for copying in schools
Australian Copyright Council
Explains the laws about copyright in Australia
Teaching about copyright
From America - includes a quiz

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