This well-researched, readable guide should be part of the curriculum in every secondary school. From public domain to protection of personal work, this book effectively describes copyright law and explains why adherence helps people safeguard their creativity. All types of artistic work, whether writing (including web sites and blogs), photography, art, music, or computer software, are covered. An especially helpful and readable section covers fair use; additionally, pages that act as sidebars discuss proportion of material under the aegis of fair use and explain fair use with respect to web site material with examples relevant to classroom assignments and student writers. Chapters 4 and 5 cover how to find sources, take notes, write the project, cite references, and prepare a bibliography, although a very traditional approach that unfortunately neglects the use of electronic tools or optional techniques, is presented. Colored fonts are used to relieve the text and color photos are appealing and appropriate for the somewhat esoteric topic. Tone and style allow easier access to content than its twelfth grade reading level implies if difficult words (e.g., plagiarism, bibliography, paraphrase) are taught. Chapter citation notes, a glossary, books and web addresses for further reading, and an index add to the book's usefulness. Reviewer: Mary Bowman-Kruhm, Ph.D.
Don't Steal Copyrighted Stuff!: Avoiding Plagiarism and Illegal Internet Downloadingby Ann Graham Gaines
Learn the common mistakes people make when using copyrighted materials-and how to avoid them! Discover ways to find trustworthy sources of information for reports and projects and create citations to credit them properly. Whether for school or home, this book offers numerous tips on how to fairly use media-such as hooks, images, music, or videos-in many different situations. And it even shows how someone can protect their own creative works.
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