Annotated Links: Copyright and Plagiarism

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This online game is designed to apply the knowledge and techniques presented in our online Micromodule: Copyright.
Recommended by Grace Coleman, this page has information about Advertising, Copyrights, Patents and Trademarks, including lots of links to information in each category.
The Copyright Clearance Center specializes in helping users obtain permission to use copyrighted materials. Their web site also contains a selected list of Internet resources on copyright issues.
Copyright and Fair Use offers an extensive listing of web documents and sites dealing with copyright issues, compiled by the Stanford University Library.
Creative Commons provides free tools that let authors, scientists, artists, and educators easily mark their creative work with the freedoms they want it to carry. You can use CC to change your copyright terms from "All Rights Reserved" to "Some Rights Reserved". A Creative Commons license allows authors to craft the rights they want to share, without putting all of their work into the public domain.
This site presents an alternative point of view about copyright. From the website: " was founded to spread awareness of how today's copyright system hurts artists and audiences alike, and shackles the Internet to a distribution model designed around the limitations of the printing press. Copyright subsidizes distribution, not creation; it was designed in an age when distribution costs were the main obstacle in making works accessible to the public."
This convenient Classroom Copyright Chart (also available in .pdf format) lists many of the situations we all face when making Copyright and Fair Use decisions.
Copyright Law in the Electronic Environment presents an extensive and readable overview of the major terms and concepts related to copyright issues in education.
Joyce Valenza sums up the feelings so many of us have as we try to do the right thing in a confusing world of shifting perspectives on copyright. Joyce provides a superb extensive list of well chosen links to copyright resources.

Online Plagiarism Checkers

Currently the most popular system (Fee based)

Consider the pros and cons of using a plagiarism checking system:

  • Students are less likely to plagiarize when they know technology can check their papers.
  • It is a convenient way quickly to check material against a large database of Internet sources.
  • Provides authoritative evidence for the assertion that work has been plagiarized.
  • If provided to students as an editing tool for self-assessment, empowers the writing process.
  • Cons:
  • Commercial plagiarism software costs money.
  • No system is fool proof. Checking systems can't check every source.
  • Original student work winds up in a private company's database. This can be seen as placing intellectual property and student privacy at risk.
  • Plagiarism systems highlight correctly cited passages as well as 'suspected' passages.
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