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Copyright infringement and plagiarism are two different things.
Copyright infringement happens when you use someone else's work in a way that violated that rights by copying it or sharing it without their permission. Copyright infringement is breaking the law.
Plagiarism is the act of using another person's words or work as your own. Plagiarism can result in Academic Misconduct and affect your progress in College.
The following diagram and chart shows what actions fall into each category so that you can avoid them and prevent any disciplinary action!
Accidental or unintentional plagiarism is still plagiarism.
This image, "Plagiarism vs Copyright" by MLauba, was adapted by Sheridan College Libraries and is used under licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0,
As a student, you are a creator who produces work in different formats to meet academic requirements, to share ideas and to learn for the future. Did you know that academic work also represents your intellectual property? Intellectual property refers to the creations of the mind such as designs, blueprints, software, inventions, logos, photographs as well as other literary, artistic, dramatic and scholarly works.
Scholarly Works include Research Papers, PowerPoints and Reports.
Dramatic works include videos and film.
"Movie Tape Icon" by gsagri04 is in the Public Domain.
OER are an example of a literary work.
"Global Open Educational Resources (OER) Logo - Black and White variation" by
Jonathasmello is licensed under CC BY 3.0 Unported
Computer / Digital works can include software Code, Computer Software, Websites, Wikis, Blogs, and Databases
Artistic works may include Photos, Paintings, Graphics, Sculptures, Blueprints, Drawings, Jewelry and More.
"Person Painting" by Shelagh Murphy is free to use under Pexels license