26 April 2011

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How to Avoid Plagiarism Infringement

If you have a website or if you are the one who writes the content for websites then plagiarism is the one thing you do not want to forget about.

Plagiarism comes into play every day, this article is hopefully going to clear up any issues you have surrounding the subject. As a student, it was an important part of essay writing to know what plagiarism and collusion are and how to avoid them, I've taken this knowledge into the workplace.

Copyright infringement to give its technical term is abundant on the internet, because it's so easy to copy and paste work from any website, it's important to understand what you can and can't copy.

As a copywriter plagiarism cannot be taken lightly, through education and into the work place, quoting other people's work and asking permission is a must. It's important for everyone to know what the rules are, because no one wants to get into trouble over something as trivial as a sentence that has been copied from a third party.

Precautions to take

To save argument, you should always ensure that your work is original. Copyright infringement occurs when a large part of someone else's work is copied and not credited. This is a margin that can be difficult to distinguish. 

The rule of thumb is, if you want to use someone else work then seek their consent first. Most copywriters will be happy to allow you to use their work, so a simple email to see if it is acceptable to use can save you a huge battle in future. 

Due to the internet being such a vast medium of information it's hard to know what work you can use. The traditional copyright mark '©' isn't visible on most websites, but once work is uploaded online it becomes property of the website owner. So, work that isn't marked with a © is still copyrighted, in the internet world the mark isn't a necessity.

The final issue not to be looked over is if you are producing work for an employer, you are not entitled to reproduce that as your own work. This could also land you in trouble if you do not ask for permission, the work which I create and upload onto the FDC website is the property of FDC's, not mine to use and pass off as my own.

What work can you copy?

As mentioned earlier, the best way to avoid copyright infringement is to make sure that the work is original. However there are ways to use work legitimately.

The main thing to do is to quote other people's work, if you have seen an article which backs up your argument then it's great to include it into your piece, but quote where you got it from, usually put the quote in inverted commas and make sure you include a link to the original article. This usually clears up any issues regarding copyright infringement.

Also the copyright for work runs out 70 years after the death of the writer so old work can be used without permission. If you want to use older pieces then it is okay to use them without worrying about the copyright.

It's a tricky subject, but it's best to stay on the safe side by always including quotes and links to original work. Be creative, read an article then give your opinion on that article or subject, using other pieces to give your work validity but the thoughts and work are completely your own.

Don't be afraid, keep creative and keep writing.


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