Copyright is the exclusive legal right given to an originator or an assignee to print, publish, perform, film, or record literary, artistic, or musical material, and to authorize others to do the same.
In other words, in order to not infringe on copyright protection the work must be yours or you must have permission to use the work.
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Plagiarism is the practice of taking someone else's work or ideas and passing them off as one's own. If you want to use someone else's work or ideas, you MUST cite them and give them credit.
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Fair Use is the doctrine that brief excerpts of copyright material may, under certain circumstances, be quoted verbatim for purposes such as criticism, news reporting, teaching, and research, without the need for permission from or payment to the copyright holder.
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How Do I CIte Sources?
A great tool for ensuring correct citing of material in order to avoid plagiarism is the Purdue Online Writing Lab. If you don't like that website, two more helpful websites are EasyBib and ReFMe.