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Copyright & Creative Commons, Free Images and Music: Plagiarism

All things related to copyright, intellectual property, plagiarism, referencing, Creative Commons and copyright-friendly resources.

What is Plagiarism?

"Plagiarism is presenting someone else’s work as if it were your own, whether you mean to or not.

‘Someone else’s work’ means anything that is not your own idea, even if it is presented in your own style.

It includes material from books, journals or any other printed source, the work of other students or staff, information from the Internet, software programs and other electronic material, designs and ideas.

It also includes the organization or structuring of any such material."

(from the Victoria University of Wellington website)


'Cloned' by Jenkinson/Goode

"Cloned" - A Jenkinson/Goode Production

How would you like it if someone copied your skills and abilities, but didn't reimburse you for them? That's the concept this PSA explores as it raises awareness of what really happens when someone illegally downloads someone else's creative work.

Tin Eye Reverse Image Search Engine

Some people are now using Tin Eye reverse image search engine to track down who has illegally used their images or photos.

You can upload an image or URL of an image, and Tin Eye will find where that image has been used on the internet.


Mona Lisa from Tin Eye

Tin Eye Reverse Image search engine can be used to track where images and photos are being illegally used on the internet.

This widget from Tin Eye shows 97 different alterations to the Mona Lisa painting, along with which websites they came from.

Useful Plagiarism Links

Understanding Plagiarism - from EasyBib

Types of Plagiarism

Direct plagiariam - copying something word for word without citing the source.

Self-plagiarism - re-using an assignment you wrote for another class.

Accidental or unintentional plagiarism - not citing your sources properly.

Collusion - claiming credit for work someone else did for you.

(Information from Plagiarism,

What is Plagiarism?

Fair Use & Copyright

This video about fair use from the Temple Media Education Lab specifically relates to the USA, however it still has very useful gudelines for everyone.

Effective Research: Plagiarism

This is a great example by Anne Robinson of the Dixie Grammar School Library, which teaches about research, plagiarism and citing references.
(Permission given for re-use)

Plagiarism - Literary Theft!

  • Is it really stealing?
  • Why should I care?
  • What does it look like?
  • What tools can I use?
  • How can I use my own brain?
  • Digital ethics

Check what you are wanting to re-use against this Digital Slider.