Following the above objectives, this last lecture elaborates on last week's readings from the textbook in order for you to better grasp the concepts around the issues of copyright, fair use, and plagiarism. While there are no readings assigned from the e-textbook for lesson #7, please remember to read Lecture #6 before taking the last and final quiz scheduled for Oct 7.
The summaries in the fourth and final draft of your annotated bibliography should be free of plagiarism. This means, as you've come to understand, that the summaries should be written up in your own words. If and when you use text written by someone else or another organization, I hope you have given credit to them.
All works selected for your final annotated bibliography should be cited properly. By now, you should have selected the style you plan to use - APA or MLA?
Any questions you may have, please do not hesitate to email me or drop by my virtual office hour.
In March 2019, the Wall Street Journal reported that "Peloton, the indoor cycling company, was sued for $150 million for trademark infringement by the National Music Publishers Association representing 14 members, including Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, Drake, Bruno mars, Adele, Gwen Stefani, and more." Peloton was sued for using over 2,400 songs in the company's video streaming platform without obtaining their permission. Peloton settled the law suit with the music publishers in February 2020 and it was reported in Variety that they now shared a "joint collaboration agreement and will work together to further optimize Peloton's music-licensing systems and processes."
Steele, A. (2019, March 20). Publishers Sue Peloton for use of songs from Drake, Lady Gaga. Wall Street Journal - Online edition, 1.
The CUNY Policy on Academic Integrity covers procedures for reporting and penalties for cheating, plagiarism, obtaining unfair advantage, falsification of records and official documents. With regards to plagiarism, Section 1.2. states:
Plagiarism is the act of presenting another person's ideas, research or writings as your own. Examples of plagiarism include: •
If you are ever accused of plagiarism by an instructor in any one of your courses and you disagree, You should first talk to your instructor and find out the reasons. If you still disagree with your instructor's perspective, please seek counseling and/or help from the following below:
|FIVE TIPS FOR AVOIDING PLAGIARISM|
|1||First, use your own ideas. It should be your paper and your ideas that should be the focus.|
|2||Use the ideas of others sparingly--only to support or reinforce your own argument.|
|3||When taking notes, include complete citation information for each item you use.|
|4||Use quotation marks when directly stating another person's words.|
|5||A good strategy is to take 30 minutes and write a short draft of your paper without using any notes. It will help you think through what you want to say and help prevent your being too dependent upon your sources.|
Plagiarism ranges from copying word-for-word to paraphrasing a passage without credit and changing only a few words. Below is a sentence from a book. The original source is followed by its use in three student papers.
ORIGINAL PASSAGE: Still, the telephone was only a convenience, permitting Americans to do more casually and with less effort what they had already been doing before.
|Abbie||The telephone was a convenience, enabling Americans to do more casually and with less effort what they had already been doing before.||This is plagiarism in its worst form. Abbie does not indicate that the words and ideas belong to Boorstin, leaving her readers to believe the words are hers. She has stolen the words and ideas and attempted to cover the theft by changing or omitting an occasional word.|
|Brian||Daniel J. Boorstin argues that the telephone was only a convenience, permitting Americans to do more casually and with less effort what they had already been doing before.||Even though Brian acknowledges his source this is plagiarism. He has copied the original almost word for word, yet he has not supplied the quotation marks to indicate the extent of his borrowing.|
|Robin||Daniel J. Boorstin has noted that most Americans considered the telephone as simply "a convenience," an instrument that allowed them "to do more casually and with less effort what they had already been doing before."2
Sample Foot Note:
|Robin has done a good job. They have identified their source at the beginning of the paragraph, letting readers know what is being quoted and has provided a footnote directing them to the exact source of the statement. They have paraphrased some of Boorstin's words and quoted others, but makes it clear to the reader which words are their's and which belongs to Boorstin.|
CREDIT: With permission, partial content on this web page was adapted from the University of Idaho Information Literacy Portal.