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  • The Digital Teacher:  A list of copyright friendly websites
  • Pic Search
  • Creative Commons  his site allows creators to upload their images, music or videos and license their works that can then be legally modified or adapted for use by others.  Teachers and students can use Creative Commons to search sites like Google and flickr to find these licensed works.  The licensing restrictions are noted, however, in most cases, all the creator asks in exchange is for attribution by citing the URL.  This website helps students understand the legal issues of copyright and enables them to use media legally and ethically

Additional Online Resources

Plagiarism, Piracy & Academic Integrity

Academic Intergrity Policy

Because academic integrity is a cornerstone of any school's commitment to the principles of free inquiry. Students are responsible for learning and    upholding professional standards of research, writing, assessment, and ethics in their areas of  study.  In the academic community  the high  value placed  on truth implies a corresponding intolerance of scholastic dishonesty.   Written or other work which students submit must be the product of their own efforts and must be consistent with appropriate standards of professional ethics.  Any form of dishonest or unethical behavior, is prohibited.

There are many different forms of academic dishonesty. The following kinds of honesty violations and their definitions are not meant to be exhaustive. Rather, they are intended to serve as examples of unacceptable academic conduct.

  • FABRICATION: Falsifying or inventing any information
  • FACILITATING ACADEMIC DISHONESTY: Aiding another person in an act that violates the standards of academic honesty..
  • MULTIPLE SUBMISSION: Submitting the same work in two or more courses
  • COMPUTER MISUSE: Using technology to plagiarize,or violate copyright law, or tamper with another's work.

A breakdown of behaviors that constitute academic dishonesty can be read in the attachment ACADEMIC INTEGRITY published by the Central Michigan University  also see the Center For Academic Integrity . The definitions and clarifications are meant to provide additional information and examples of these behaviors. They are not intended to be all-inclusive.

Plagiarism & Piracy

What is plagiarism?

Simply put, plagiarism is the use of another's original words or ideas as though they were your own. Any time you borrow from an original source and do not give proper credit, you have committed plagiarism and violated U.S. copyright laws.

Piracy or Intellectual Property refers to the ownership rights of materials, created, written, designed or expressed by individuals. These materials include music, games, movies, photos, and writing. Illegally downloading or sharing intellectual property without the permission of the creator is a crime punishable by law.

Young People, Music and the Internet
Accessing music online and via mobile phones has never been easier, but it does raise legal, security and ethical issues. This new guide for parents and teachers provides essential advice about how young people can get the best out of downloading and sharing music online and via mobile technology in a safe and legal way, as well as providing tips for discussion.

Help Kids Avoid Online Piracy & Illegal Downloads
From the folks at Microsoft: four ways to help your kids avoid pirating online files

CopyRight Kids
Includes basic information on copyrights, useful links, a copyright quiz and information on how to register a copyright, from the Copyright Society of the USA. (Grades 5-12)

*Copyright with Cyberbee
Click on interactive questions and answers for a primer on copyright. The site also includes resources and lesson ideas for teachers. (Grades 3-8)

*Flash Tutorial on Plagiarism
A self-paced, illustrated tutorial from Acadia University. Designed to educate students about researching "ethically." (Grade 9-12)

Copyright and Fair Use
Excellent guide from Stanford University Libraries on copyright and fair use.

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Fair(y) Use Video

Synopsis: A Fair(y) Use Tale

Professor Eric Faden of Bucknell University created this humorous, yet informative, review of copyright principles delivered as a Disney Parody explanation of Copyright Law and Fair Use. through the words of the very folks we can thank for nearly endless copyright terms.