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Copyright, Plagiarism and creative commons
As the answer to almost any question can be found at the end of a mouse click, and with more and more cases of copyright infringement in the news, it may be a useful to have a conversation with your child about this.
Copyright in brief is a legal right which determines how an original piece of work may be used by others. This can be anything ranging from a photograph to a music score. Typically, we can assume that if you have not made something yourself then you should be asking the permission of its creator to use it. We can see examples of copyright infringement in action when YouTube videos are removed from the site due to a song being used without the artist’s permission. This gets even more complicated when there is money involved.
In education copying and pasting any information including text and images off the internet without referencing (including the web source and author) can lead to plagiarism (the practice of taking someone else’s work or ideas and passing them off as one’s own) which can have serious consequences. Plagiarism can seriously affect the grade that your child is awarded for GCSE or A Level work so it is important we educate our children about the need to be wise about their use of the internet and other sources when researching for information.
To minimise the risk of breaching copyright or plagiarism there are steps which we can take.
Creative commons in short is a license a creator can apply to their work to allow you to use it without having to obtain their permission first. It does however follow specific rules which I have outlined below. The symbols will appear under the work or if on a website normally situated towards the bottom of the page or if it has it the copyright section of the site. It is always worth checking!
This license lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your work, even commercially, as long as they credit you for the original creation. This is the most accommodating of licenses offered. Recommended for maximum dissemination and use of licensed materials.
This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work even for commercial purposes, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms. This license is often compared to “copyleft” free and open source software licenses. All new works based on yours will carry the same license, so any derivatives will also allow commercial use. This is the license used by Wikipedia, and is recommended for materials that would benefit from incorporating content from Wikipedia and similarly licensed projects.
This license lets others reuse the work for any purpose, including commercially; however, it cannot be shared with others in adapted form, and credit must be provided to you.
This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, and although their new works must also acknowledge you and be non-commercial, they don’t have to license their derivative works on the same terms.
This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms.
This license is the most restrictive of our six main licenses, only allowing others to download your works and share them with others as long as they credit you, but they can’t change them in any way or use them commercially.
If you have any questions regarding the information above or any other E-safety topic, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Mrs HutchinsDownload this letter – (326Kb PDF)