Student, Copyright, Plagiarism

Student, Copyright, Plagiarism

Have you incorporated some or all of another's work in new works that you have created? For example, used movie clips in an online video or music as background for your own images? Did you feel that you needed permission from the copyright owner to do so? If not, was it because you weren't making any money from the use or you felt it was free advertising for the copyright owner? Perhaps you thought it was acceptable as long as you gave proper credit or attribution. Or maybe you thought the work was in the public domain or your use would not hurt the owner because he or she was rich enough already? Any of this sound familiar?

If so, you are certainly not alone. All of these reasons (which are wrong) were documented in a survey done by American University's Center for Social Media and published in 2007 in The Good, The Bad, and The Confusing: User-Generated Video Creators on Copyright.

While the survey received many interesting responses from university students, the conclusion was no surprise: There is a significant need "for better general understanding of the use rights of creators." [referring to copyright use rights.] Although UNCC can provide you with that better general understanding of the use rights of creators, you must take responsibility for your own sense of morality or ethics concerning the taking of other's material, such as music and movies. For reading on the generational divide regarding copyright understanding, see David Pogue's New York Times piece, The Generational Divide in Copyright Morality.

Here you will find reliable, understandable information on copyright. Whatever your motivation for visiting, a basic understanding of copyright - not only what you can't do but, more importantly, what you can do - will only help you in your academic career at UNCC as well as your future endeavors.


Most students are more interested in plagiarism information than they are about copyright infringement, right or wrong. Therefore, it is strongly encouraged that you go on to read the information on plagiarism in general, and particularly, how plagiarism is defined and interpreted at UNC-Charlotte, including the Plagiarism Appendix to your Code of Student Academic Integrity.


This site is for informational purposes only; it does not track or report copyright infringers and is not a source of legal advice. For students, the primary topics of concern appear to be plagiarism and appropriate use of university computer resources. In the interests of placing copyright information for UNCC students in a central location, the following links are provided: