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Copyright & Plagiarism  

Last Updated: Sep 17, 2013 URL: Print Guide

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Questions About Copyright or Plagiarism?

The Copyright & Plagiarism Libguide is designed to share information on issues of copyright, fair use of copyrighted information in educational settings, and plagiarism.  The guide does not supply legal advice nor is it intended to replace the advice of legal counsel. 

The Blinn College Executive Council approved the addition of the Information Technology Resources and Copyright Infringement to the Administrative Policies/Procedures Manual on May 3, 2011. 


What is copyright?

Copyright is a form of protection provided  to authors by the laws of the United States.
(Title 17, U.S. Code)

The owner of copyright has the exclusive right to do and authorize the following:

  • To reproduce the work;
  • To prepare derivative works based upon the work;
  • To distribute copies of the work to the public by sale or transfer of ownership, or by rental, lease, or lending;
  • To prohibit other persons from using the work without permission;
  • To perform the work publicly.

Copyright protection covers both published and unpublished works as well as out-of-print materials. 

Copyright protection currently lasts for the life of the author plus 70 years.  If there is more than one author copyright protection lasts for the life of the last author's death plus 70 years.  Copyright protection for materials created by a business may last for 95 years from publication.  

Facts, ideas, procedures, processes, systems, concepts, principles or discoveries cannot be copyrighted.  However, some of these can be protected by patent or trade secret laws.


A Fair(y) Use Tale

"Professor Eric Faden of Bucknell University created this humorous, yet informative, review of copyright principles delivered through the words of the very folks we can thank for nearly endless copyright terms"  

From Stanford Law School, The Center for Internet and Society.   Professor Faden's work is licenced under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License .


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