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Plagiarism is the act of using someone else's words or ideas as if they were your own.

But what is copyright, and how does that fit in?

While you must give credit to other people's words and ideas so that you don't plagiarize, copyright involves a person's or company's legal right to printed, audio, video, or other artistic content or material.

Books that you buy at the bookstore are copyrighted by the author; that is, you cannot copy or reproduce large portions of the book's content without permission. Music is often copyrighted, as well as movies or videos. Even symbols or icons are copyrighted. The Nike swoosh is a copyrighted symbol; you cannot use the Nike symbol on your Webpage or in a public presentation or display without permission.

What does this mean for you?

It means that you should be aware that any graphics, photos, music clips, clip art, etc. should only be used in your university projects with the permission of the copyright holder.

If artistic content is not under copyright, then it is considered to be in the public domain.

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