There are legal and ethical issues to consider when using someone else’s work in your assignments. While plagiarism relates to the use of a work without acknowledgment, copyright infringement relates to the use of a work without permission. You cannot use videos, songs, or photographs, for example, in a public performance without ensuring you have permission from the copyright holder to do so (unless it is covered by a license agreement or exception in the Copyright Act). Simply acknowledging something isn’t good enough if you don’t have permission to use it.
Remember – just because you can’t find a © symbol, it doesn’t mean there’s no copyright!
If, after browsing this guide, you still have questions or require additional information please contact MRUcopyright@mtroyal.ca, or 403.440.6618.
The Copyright Advisor is also available in EL1132 for drop-in office hours: