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Why are Plagiarism and Copyright Important?
Complying with copyright law is more challenging to academic institutions than ever before.With newer, faster, and more convenient (often digital ways) to share information, academia is moving away from the traditional paper copy and handouts, and into a new set of copyright conundrums.
This guide should assist you in answering any questions you may have - addressing questions, providing guidelines, and acting as a resource for you.
According to the Handbook for Student Discipline and the Judicial Process at Shaw University the violation of copyright infringement or plagiarism fall under Academic Misconduct cases, which may come under the jurisdiction of the Judicial Conduct Board. Any attempt to engage in academic dishonesty (including plagiarism, falsifying information, or not correctly citing information) will be subject to intervention and disciplinary action.
Full Plagiarism Guidelines
Much of the information in this section is drawn from content posted on the official website for plagiarism and TurnItIn.org. The information appears here in an edited form.
For a full discussion of these topics, including definitions and tutorials, please visit Plagiarism.org
U.S. Copyright Office
Much of the information in this section is drawn from content posted on the Web site of the U.S. Copyright Office and is based on the U.S. Copyright Act of 1976. The information appears here in an edited form.
For a full discussion of these topics, including references to legal and other resources, contact the US Copyright Office directly- 202-707-5959 or 1-877-476-0778 (toll free) Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm EST. Or you can visit their website at www.copyright.gov.
For most copyright questions, we follow an overall guide: When In Doubt, Gain Permission
Penalties of Copyright Infringement
You are violating the copyright act by reproducing, republishing or redistributing the work of a copyright holder without permission.
- if the work has been registered with the Copyright Office, the copyright holder may sue for compensation
- The compensation may include damages (i.e. lost profits) from the activity, or statuatory damages from $250-$150,000 (plus attorney's fees) - they can be higher if the court feels that the infringement was committed willfully.
- These damages can be applied PER COPY of infringement
- You may be criminally liable if you willfully copy a work for profit or financial gain, or if the copied work has value
- if the copied work has a value of more than $1,000, penalties can include 1- year jail sentences plus fines
- if the copied work has a value of more than $2,500, penalties can include 5+ years in jail, plus fines
For more information, view “Copyright Infringement and Remedies”.
Use Grammarly to help!
All Shaw University students have FREE ACCESS to Grammarly premium software - a tool to use for grammar, spelling, plagiarism, citation assistance, and copyright issues!
- To activate your account, look for an email from Grammarly in your Shaw email.
- Click on the link in the email and set up a password.
- Your login name is your Shaw email address.
- If you need assistance with this email or haven't recieved it, please reach out to IT - firstname.lastname@example.org
Their website also offers free access to many of their tools, providing access without an account.
Cite Right by In his bestselling guide, Doing Honest Work in College: How to Prepare Citations, Avoid Plagiarism, and Achieve Real Academic Success, veteran teacher Charles Lipson brought welcome clarity to the principles of academic honesty as well as to the often murky issues surrounding plagiarism in the digital age. Thousands of students have turned to Lipson for no-nonsense advice on how to cite sources properly—and avoid plagiarism—when writing their research papers. With his latest book, Cite Right, Lipson once again provides much-needed counsel in a concise and affordable handbook for students and researchers. Building on Doing Honest Work in College, Lipson’s new book offers a wealth of information on an even greater range of citation styles and details the intricacies of many additional kinds of sources. Lipson’s introductory essay, “Why Cite,” explains the reasons it is so important to use citations—and to present them accurately—in research writing. In subsequent chapters, Lipson explains the main citation styles students and researchers are likely to encounter in their academic work: Chicago; MLA; APA; CSE (biological sciences); AMA (medical sciences); ACS (chemistry, mathematics, and computer science); physics, astrophysics, and astronomy; Bluebook and ALWD (law); and AAA (anthropology and ethnography). His discussions of these styles are presented simply and clearly with examples drawn from a wide range of source types crossing all disciplines, from the arts and humanities to science, law, and medicine. Based on deep experience in the academic trenches, Cite Right is an accessible, one-stop resource—a must-have guide for students and researchers alike who need to prepare citations in any of the major disciplines and professional studies.
Call Number: REF PN171 .F56 L55 2006
Publication Date: 2006-10-15
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