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Plagiarism vs. Copyright Infringement

The new semester is here. In the classroom, students read their syllabi and notice the policy sections.

Plagiarism is often mentioned in one or more sections, such as ones titled Honesty, Academic Misconduct, or Cheating.

Copyright infringement may also be mentioned, either together with plagiarism or in its separate section, such as Copyright Statement.

In the hurry and excitement of “syllabus day,” these terms may blur together. Plagiarism and copyright infringement are often confused or the terms are accidentally interchanged. They are different, and they have different consequences.

Our Research Guides discuss plagiarism and copyright. Rick Anderson also describes the differences clearly in a recent Library Journal article. Here is a summary of differences:

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World IP Day

World Intellectual Property Day 2016

The UCF Libraries in partnership with the Office of Technology Transfer is celebrating World Intellectual Property Day this year.

On April 26 from 1:00-3:00pm, stop by the John C. Hitt Library to learn more about intellectual property. We will have a table set up near the entrance, and we will be ready for your questions and curiosity.

Bring questions for the experts at our table. Experts will include:

  • Patent Attorney Sandra Sovinski (1:00-2:00pm)
  • Licensing Associate John Miner (1:00-2:45pm)
  • Scholarly Communication Librarian Sarah Norris (2:30-3:00pm)
  • Patent and Trademark Librarian Missy Murphey (1:00-3:00pm)

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Fair Use Week 2016

This year, Fair Use Week is February 22-26.

How much do you know about fair use? If you are a student, you probably benefit from it every day, sometimes without realizing it. When does fair use apply to what you do? Here are some examples (via ARL’s infographic):

  • For class
    • Writing papers with quotes cited from other works
    • Posting a copy of a news article to Canvas
    • Searching Google Books for a page containing a certain quote
    • Forwarding an email with photos attached
  • For fun
    • Posting a short clip from a TV show onto Facebook
    • Taking a selfie with a Star Wars advertisement in the background
    • Writing a chapter of fan fiction and posting it online

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