BERKSHIRE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
COPYRIGHT AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY POLICY
It is the policy of Berkshire Community College to acknowledge and abide by all applicable intellectual property laws, including but not limited to federal copyright law, Title 17 of the U.S. Code as amended at http://www.copyright.gov/title17. All individuals employed, enrolled, and/or using the facilities or resources of the College are expected to do the same.
Copyright is defined as the exclusive right of an author to reproduce and create derivative works from, distribute, perform, display, sell, lend or rent original works of authorship that are fixed in a tangible medium (print, audiovisual, online, and other media) which are not in the Public Domain and are thus protected under United States Copyright Law Title 17 of the U.S. Code.
It is the responsibility of all faculty, staff, students and anyone using facilities or resources of the College to read, understand, and follow the BCC Copyright and Intellectual Property Policy. Please clink on the links below to read the complete policy, related information, and summary of infringement penalties.
Copyright Crash Course, The University of Texas Copyright in the Library One of the best sites for copyright information.
The Copyright Genie This handy tool will help you determine if a work is covered by US Copyright.
Copyright Code 17: The Copyright code with discussion, provided by the Legal Information Institute at Cornell University (LII)
Fair Use Evaluator: This excellent, interactive tool helps understand how to determine if the use of a protected work is a “fair use.”
Educator's Guide to Intellectual Property
The Intellectual Property (IP) Series from University of Michigan includes a series of videos covering topics from copyright to patents.
Exceptions for Instructors eTools : Guides users through the educational exceptions in U.S. copyright law.
Citing sources is one of the most important things you can do when writing a research paper. If you don't cite your sources in your paper, you could be accused of plagiarism. What is plagiarism? BCC's Student Policy Guide says:
"When a student uses another writer's words and/or ideas and presents it as his/her own, he/she is plagiarizing ... When a student does use another writer's ideas and wording to support his/her own writing, he/she must give that writer credit."
"Academic dishonesty of any type by a student provides grounds for disciplinary action by the college or the instructor directly involved. In written work, no material may be copied from another without quotation marks, footnotes or appropriate documentation."
Plagiarism is taken seriously not just at BCC, but all colleges and universities. But if you use the information contained in this guide, you'll avoid the headaches that come with being accused of plagiarism.
Lesson Plan - Discussion Topics and Exercises
Click here for a printable version of this lesson plan for Academic Integrity, Plagiarism and Intellectual Property.
Click here for a printable version of this lesson plan for Principles of MLA Citations.
Click here for a printable version of this lesson plan for Principles of APA Citations.
Click here for a printable version of this lesson plan for Principles of Harvard, Turabian and Chicago Citations.
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