Ethics/Plagiarism

Shane Cole

November 21, 2013

  • Ethics is driven by values.
  • A wordsmith is a skilled user of words.

Qualities of a Wordsmith

  • Accuracy
  • Honesty
  • The Value of the Written Word

The Value of the Written Word

  • In the 15th Century only wealthy people owned books because the poor couldn’t afford such purchases.
  • 1716 a word for using another’s words as one’s own was title “plagiarism.”

Copyrighting/Plagiarism

  • An original work of authorship and a work  in a fixed tangible form can by copyrighted.
  • A copyright license lasts the life of the author plus 70 years.
  • Consumers get exclusive rights, not total rights.
  1. Fair use.
  2. Amount used
  3. Nature (factual verses creative)
  4. Effect on Market
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