Tips on plagiarism, copyright etc.

A speech by James Petri

Tips on copyright, plagiarism, and more!

Saturday, July 4th 2015 at 7-8pm

1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW

Washington, DC

This is a speech about how to avoid plagiarism and learn about copyright, the public domain, the fair use act, and creative commons.

Speech preview

  • Copyright is a form of protection for an authors work
  • Care about copyright because people could copy your work without permission
  • Literary, musical, dramatic, pictorial, graphic, sculptural, motion pictures, architectural works etc. are protected by copyright
  • Ideas, titles, names, procedures, methods, short phrases etc. are not protected by copyright
  • The public domain is when something is available to the public as a whole and not subject to copyright
  • Plagiarism is taking someone’s work or ideas and passing it as yours

  • Copyright lasts 70 years after authors death

  • The fair use act allows limited copying of copyrighted works for educational and research uses

Here is a helpful website for understanding plagiarism.


Mcassara. Plagiarism is bad. Digital image. N.p., 19 Sept. 2012. Web. 24 Sept. 2014.