Copyright and Plagarism

When a person creates a work it is their intellectual property. The creator/author has the right to authorise what people can do with their work: this is copyright. The creator does not need to apply for copyright, once a work is created it is automatically copyrighted. One way that creators, especially of books, remind people that their work is copyrighted is by the use of the © symbol. Usually copyright lasts for 70 years after the death of the creator/author. After this time the work enters the public domain and can be used without permission or payment.
There are a number of source types that you will use in your assessment tasks that is copyrighted. To help you understand copyright the Smartcopying website has information especially for students.