Legal use of the information

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Before you start

STEP 1: STARTING out

STEP 2: FINDING

STEP 3: EVALUATE

STEP 4: Legal and ethical USE

- Plagiarism

What is it?

What is a paper mill?

Consequences

Detection tools

- Copyright

SA copyright law

What is it?

Get legitimate exemption?

Who is the owner?

How long does it last?

Penalties?

Why get permission?

How to get protection?

What is protected?

What is not protected?

Trademark / patent?

Copyright in the Library?

Internet and e-mail?

Text for class arrived late?

Contact for permission?

Practical tips

Own vs others work

- Quiz

STEP 5: COMMUNICATE

How long does copyright last?

In a literary or artistic work other than a photograph, copyright endures for the lifetime of the author and 50 years after the author's death or 50 years after the posthumous first publication of his/her work. In a film, photograph or a computer program copyright endures fifty years from the end of the year in which the work is made available to the public or after the work is first published, whichever is the longer period. The publishers also have copyright in respect of the published edition (i.e. the edited typeface used) even if the original material is no longer subject to copyright e.g. a new edition of a Shakespeare play.