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Violations of Copyright

Just giving the original creator credit is not enough when you use a significant portion of a work.  You violate copyright when you fail to get the copyright holder’s permission to:

  • email copies of an article to all of your classmates.
  • download popular music that was put on the Internet illegally. 
  • make copies of commercial software or music to give to your friends.
  • download images to use on your own web site.

Copyright law protects the right of an author, artist, designer, or performer to earn income and recognition for creative works.

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