Most academic writing is based on the prior work of other people. Copying another person’s work and submitting it as your own is plagiarism, but using someone’s ideas without giving them the appropriate credit is also plagiarism, even if it is unintentional. The University Libraries staff has put together a very nice site that steps you through the process of conducting research, citing your sources, creating references, quoting, and other aspects of the research and writing process. These resources help you to avoid plagiarism.
At the 2008 Teaching and Learning with Technology Symposium, Lawrence Lessig (law professor, author, and founder of Creative Commons) came to Penn State to give his keynote presentation. He talked for about 45 minutes about current interpretation of copyright law, organizations like the RIAA and MPAA, examples of remixed media, and alternative licenses.
“Fair Use” for legally using media is not black and white. To help sort out the fair use criteria, the University of Minnesota has created an online (or PDF) worksheet to help you determine the extent to which what you would like to do is protected by fair use.
In the third video in this series, Zack talks about how the RIAA lawsuit got him involved with people who are examining the strict interpretation of copyright law, share-friendly licensing (like Creative Commons and open source licensing), remix culture, how digital natives use media. This video was found as part of the Berkman Center blog at Harvard Law.
In the second film in this series, Zack McCune, who was sued by the RIAA for downloading music, talks about his reaction to the lawsuit. He has done some thinking about what he had been doing and has an interesting perspective on what he had done and what the RIAA is doing to consumers. This video is part of Harvard Law’s Berkman Center that is studying things like the intersection between Digital Natives, intellectual property, and copyright law.
In this first video in a three-part series, Zack McCune talks about how he was identified by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) as illegally sharing their music through a peer-to-peer network system. Zack and other students were hit with a lawsuit from the RIAA. We found this video on a blog at Harvard Law. Check it out.