Summary

In this module, we looked at some of the ethical and legal aspects of information.
  • Copyright laws give creators of original works (literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and other intellectual works) certain exclusive rights. These rights help ensure that creators of works get the credit and profit their works generate.
  • Copyright is automatic. Items no longer must be registered with the Copyright Office or have the ©, as of 1989.
  • As a user, you may need to obtain the creator/author's permission.
  • For works in the public domain, you don't need to obtain copyright permission.
  • The "Fair Use" doctrine allows you to use copyrighted works without permission of the author or creator under certain conditions, one being that it is for an educational purpose.
  • "To use another person's ideas or expressions in your writing without acknowledging the source is to plagiarize." Plagiarism violations are part of the ODU Honor Code and are taken very seriously.
  • "Censorship on a public level ... involves someone -- a committee, a political body, an individual -- dictating what is and is not available to all." Access to information is limited.
  • The "Digital Divide" is a result of unequal access to information technology.
  • A loss of privacy, the abuse of power, and identity theft have resulted from technologies that create easy access to information. It is your responsibility to regulate what information you share and with whom you share it.

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