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Copyright can be complex and confusing, and people often have questions about how and when to seek permission. This guide will help you explore common copyright issues. In this Copyright guide you will find library resources, fair use analysis tools, information on file sharing, plagiarism, and where to get help. Please use this guide as a helpful resource during your time at the University of Iowa!
Copyright is a bundle of rights
The right to reproduce the work
The right to distribute the work
The right to prepare derivative works
The right to perform the work
The right to display the work
Copyrighted material can be used in teaching and research under any of the following conditions:
Visit the U.S. Copyright Office web site for more basics and FAQs.
This video was produced by TestTube News and provides an overview of copyright and what it includes.
Examples of plagiarism:
Presenting another person's written or spoken words or ideas as your own
Using direct quotes with no quotation marks, paraphrasing without crediting the source or in some other way suggesting another person's work is yours
Copying all or part of another person's exam, homework, etc.; knowingly allowing another student to copy your work or to submit your work as his/her own
Students should write their own summary without looking at the original text, but remember to cite your sources.
When taking notes, write down the author's name and page number. Put the source information next to your notes so you can easily cite the source.
When to cite:
Anything that is printed, spoken or sung (except facts or common knowledge)
Phrase borrowed from a speaker or writer
Images, drawings, charts, graphs, etc.
Notes, experiments, surveys, data, lit reviews, interviews, or anything else that is used to create a finished product that is ready for submission