Category Archives: Copyright/Plagiarism

Superman May Break Copyright Barrier

As some of you may know, the Copyright Term Extension Act of 1998 is fondly known as the “Mickey Mouse Law” because it preserves Disney’s Mickey Mouse copyright for another 20 years. We’ll see what happens to Mickey Mouse in … Continue reading

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New Thoughts on Plagiarism

Last week, I went to Schreyer’s session on academic honesty and although I have been to a lot of plagiarism talks, I really got some good insights out of this. Plagiarism Varies by Context. What’s Yours? We all know plagiarism … Continue reading

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Plagiarism Scandal, Version Web 2.0

As many an instructor will bemoan, the Internet giveth a lot to plagiarizers in terms of paper mill sites, Wikipedia and just an abundance of online text students can make off with for term papers. But as I found it … Continue reading

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Buffy vs Edward: Another Masup with Fair Use

One of the topics the Media Commons discussed in a vodcast about the Open Video conference was the changing perception of copyright in videos. Whereas about 5-10 years ago media specialists and instructional designers (myself included) were emphasizing caution when … Continue reading

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Another Comment on the Hauser Scandal

I’m one of the many academics astonished by the recent scandal in which serious accusations of research misconduct have been leveled against Marc Hauser of Harvard University. If you’re not aware of the scandal, Hauser is essentially accused of misreporting … Continue reading

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Hitler Defends Fair Use (Along with Disney)

I’m know for being a little paranoid about violating copyright, but there is the Defend Fair Use side as exemplified by Lawrence Lessig and the Center for Social Media. But somehow, no one justifies the usefulness of allowing users to … Continue reading

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UCLA Student Tutorial on Copyright & Plagiarism

UCLA has a nice student tutorial on copyright, plagiarism and organizing research tasks at http://www.library.ucla.edu/bruinsuccess/ Good information, but accessible. Plus you can see how Carlos and Eddie navigate the modern academic maze. I like it so much I’m double posting!

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Link Between Cut/Paste Plagarism & Student Clulessness

Although most students realize that submitting someone else’s paper as your own is plagiarism (and a major academic violation), a joint study from Swarthmore College and University of Michigan indicates they may not realize that cut and paste plagiarism is … Continue reading

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Team Papers, Copyright and Plagiarism

So…it turns out that it’s one thing for a desperate individual student to sell/create a term paper for a paper mill, but it’s a whole other matter for one person to sell a group paper without approval from the other … Continue reading

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Smeal Honor Code Resources

This is the time of year when I check and update the external links for Web sites such as the Plagiarism Prevention Resources. I had a few new URLs to input, but it appears that the Smeal College of Business … Continue reading

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