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SOCG 2319 - Sociology of Minorities: Copyright and Plagiarism

Sociological study of traditional minorities (race, ethnicity, and religion) and new minorities (gender, sexual orientation and disability).

Copyright and Plagiarism

Copyright - the exclusive legal right, given to an originator or an assignee to print, publish, perform, film, or record literary, artistic, or musical material, and to authorize others to do the same.


Plagiarism - the practice of taking someone else's work or ideas and passing them off as one's own

Plagiarism vs. Copyright Infringement

Copyright infringement includes the unauthorized or unlicensed copying of a work subject to copyright. 

Plagiarism is using someone else's work or ideas without giving proper credit.  In other words, because you are not giving attribution to the owner of the original work or idea -- you are presenting the idea or thought as your own.

Copyright infringement is taking the owner's right to exploit their work.

Plagiarism is taking the owner's right to be acknowledged.

Copyright infringement is illegal.

Plagiarism is immoral.


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