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Plagiarism and Copyright: Home

Defines what plariarism and copyright are and avoiding problems.

Academic Integrity and Fair Use


Plagiarism: a type of cheating that includes the presentation of another person’s work as your own, without proper acknowledgment of the source, with or without the creator’s permission, intentionally or unintentionally. By taking CTC courses, you agree that all required papers, exams, class projects or other assignments completed for credit may be submitted to SafeAssign or similar third parties to be reviewed and evaluated for originality and intellectual integrity. is a free website for information on what plagiarism is and how to prevent plagiarism in your writing. Another good resource is Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL). 

(Source: Central Texas College. (n.d.). Academic Misconduct Policy.



In general, copyright is a form of legal protection given to content creators through the assignment of specific rights to works that qualify for protection.  The main goals of copyright are to encourage the development of culture, science and innovation, while providing a financial benefit to copyright holders for their works, and to facilitate access to knowledge and entertainment for the public. Copyright provides a framework for relationships between the different players in the content industries, as well as for relationships between rights holders and the consumers of content. Copyright is a form of Intellectual Property, along with trademarks and patents in all countries, and other creations (such as trade secrets, sui generis database rights, rights of publicity and the like) that may vary from country to country.

(Source: Copyright Clearance Center. (2022). Purpose of copyright. Copyright Education. Copyright Foundations.

CTC - Copyright Policy

Central Texas College - Copyright Resources



Faculty – please refer to CTC HR Policy 280, Copyright and Publications, before submitting work for publication. 

Copyright on Campus, a short video from Copyright Clearance Center explains copyright for faculty on a college campus.

Fair Use Checklist

Cornell University offers a checklist for students and faculty to ensure they are following the “Fair Use” policy for the copyright laws.

Is it copyright protected? 

  • The ALA has a tool which will help faculty and students determine whether or not a work is still under copyright protection.
  • The Copyright Clearance Center has articles, videos and other resources about copyright issues.
  • The U.S. Government has several resources relating to copyright. All of the laws relating to copyright can be found on this site as well as a section on how to register a copyright.

Free Content

  • Creative Commons - Creative Commons “develops, supports and stewards legal and technical infrastructure that maximizes digital creativity, sharing and innovation." Learn how to license content and how to access licensed content. Access images from Flickr.
  • Critical Commons - a public media archive and fair use advocacy network that supports the transformative re-use of media in scholarly and creative contexts. Find video clips, lectures and articles for use in the classroom.

(Source: Central Texas College. (2022). Copyright Resources.