Do you really know?
What can be copyrighted? And, why is it important?
It is important to copyright your work so no one else can steal it and claim it as their own. If they do, they are able to make profit or money from it when it was yours to-begin with. This can also be called stealing.
Would you steal something from a store? Would you be in trouble if you did? The same rules apply when you steal other people's work or ideas.
However, as a student or teacher who use materials for educational purpose you are allowed to do so as long as you give the creator credit. This is normally done by creating a bibliography or placing the original creators name somewhere on your work.
What is Copyright Law?
How does copyright relate to Character?
Respect - You need to respect other people's work and ideas. It is not respectful to take them. Everyone is entitled to have their own ideas and thoughts when working within the classroom and within a group setting. You all need to be respectful and understanding of that.
Responsibility - You are responsible for your own work and completing it to the best of your own abilities. You are not being responsible if you steal someone else's and claim it as your own. Nor, are you being a good citizen of the school or your class.
Honestly and integrity - This is very important. Your work has to be honest and your own!
Fairness - Is it fair and responsible to steal from someone else? Would you like people to steal your ideas? Is that okay and fair?
Think about the following and discuss:
You are sitting around a table working on creating ideas for your assignment. You have started your work and then had to leave for an appointment. The next day a friend comes to school and presents your work as their own?
How does that make you feel? and why?
Is it right or wrong? Why?
Does that represent a good character of your class and the school? Explain.