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Work created by anyone is automatically protected by copyright laws; consequently, owners of such works possess the rights of when and where their work can be used.
As a student, you are allowed to use a certain amount of a copyrighted materials based on the fair use guidelines, but you must still give credit to the owner. Ultimately, you can refer to a work in your writing or presentations, but you cannot make images part of your work unless you have permission from the copyright owner.
“Copyright is a form of protection grounded in the U.S. Constitution and granted by law for original works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression.” – United States Copyright Office
WHEN IS IT OKAY TO USE A COPYRIGHTED WORK?
THINGS YOU CAN'T LEGALLY DO:
- Photocopy or otherwise reproduce a book or a textbook (this includes using scanners and scanning apps.
- Use someone else’s work without crediting them for it (this can include copying someone’s words, or other work in any tangible medium, and is considered plagiarism).
HOW DOES COPYRIGHT AFFECT YOU AS A STUDENT?
LIBRARY QUESTIONS? PLEASE ASK!
Citation is an important part of copyright! Be sure to check out our APA LibGuide to learn all about citing properly.