Copyright is when you use someones information, exact words, video, ect. You can copy and paste something but in order to get credit for it you have to cite where you got that information, because you can not take credit for something you didn't do.

For example; I wrote a book online and made it so that nobody could copy it, and nobody could take credit for what I wrote. I think that it's good to have a choice like that, a choice to give permission to share, or the choice to decline sharing. If you have something published, whether its online or paper, and you copyright it, it belongs to you. When you pass away they wait 70 years(nope actually 50 years buddy) and then all you have published goes public. If you use someones work and do not give credit it is called plagiarism and it can be illegal. You will probably not go to jail but you could get sued.

Use of internet materials requires a knowledge of copyright laws. Copyright is the exclusive right to make copies, license and otherwise exploit a literary, musical, printed, audio, video or artistic work. Works granted copyright by law on or after January 1, 1978, are protected for the lifetime of the author or creator. For a period of 50 years after his or her death the work is still protected. The proper of copyright laws is critical to the use of avoiding plagiarism. The keys are using your own words, proper citation, and avoiding copy and pasting from someone else’s posting. This will get you through with any conflict. You have to be careful of what you do and how you do it and what you say and how you say it while online. Plagiarism is a serious thing on the internet. Overall, you definitely need the knowledge of copyright laws to avoid plagiarism.



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As a group we need to be aware of these laws here is a list of all of the copyright laws