What is the difference between copyright and plagiarism?
Copyright addresses legal considerations such as who -- if anyone -- owns the rights to use a digital file, text document, etc. The copyright status of an item determines whether and how a student can use it for an academic project. Copyright infringement has legal consequences.
Avoiding plagiarism is part of the culture of scholarship in which credible ideas build upon each other through a path that can be traced and verified by other readers and future researchers. Researchers cite their sources to give credit to authors of original ideas and to allow others to trace those ideas to earlier work, to learn details of the history of the idea. Plagiarism is a matter of scholarly ethics. For more information, see University Library tutorial "Exploring Academic Integrity".
What do I need to know about topics such as copyright and file sharing computer systems to protect myself legally and ethically while using information resources at Indiana University?
Find media content that you may be able to share, use and remix. Media creators can adopt a Creative Commons license agreement to specify if they are willing to allow their resource to be used in certain ways for free. Use Creative Commons' "Use and Remix" tool to search for media files from a group of independent organizations. See the tip at lower left of search page: "Please note..." to "... verify that the work is actually under a CC license...".