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Plagiarism and copyright issues in the News

Copyright Controversy over the Aboriginal Flag 

Unlike the Australian flag, the Aboriginal flag is subject to copyright law. Luritja man, Harold Thomas, created the flag in 1971. He has granted licenses to a non indigenous clothing manufacturer (WAM) and a flag manufacturer (Flags 2000) to reproduce his design. Under copyright law, no other parties have a right to use Harold's design. WAM has sent "cease and desist" notices to companies using the flag on clothing, including the AFL , whose specially designed jerseys for the "Indigenous Round" are illegal .Many indigenous clothing companies are also upset that they cannot use their own flag in their designs. Mr Thomas says it is his common law right to choose the parties he enters a licensing agreement with.

Melania Trump accused of plagiarising Michelle Obama's speech.

In July 2016 , an appeals court in Paris ordered Luc Besson  to pay John Carpenter half a million dollars for copying  "key elements" of Carpenter's 1981  film, "Escape from New York"  (left) in his  2012 film, "Lockout" (right)

Led Zeppelin cleared of plagiarism for "Stairway to Heaven"

Men at Work Lose Plagiarism Case over the song "Down Under" .

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Understanding Intellectual Property

Understanding Intellectual Property. Clickview Pty Ltd 2014.

This short film defines 'Intellectual Property', explores Copyright regulations,Creative Commons licenses and explains terms such as 'Public Domain."

Why should students value their own and others’ intellectual property? What exactly is intellectual property? This interview led programme builds an understanding of: intellectual property; exceptions to copyright; registering IP; why students should be aware of the terms and agreements of social media sites, what Creative Commons is and the different licences, why an IP holder may wish to share material; and what it means when material is in the public domain. A great resource for encouraging students to value IP.

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What is Plagiarism?

Plagiarism is copying the work ( the Intellectual Property )  of another person and presenting this as your own work. 

Intellectual Property  includes all the original creations of a person's brain.  These may be  words, stories , poems, music , films, drama , art, designs, computer programs, trademarks and logos.

Plagiarism is considered a serious offence in educational institutions . Consequences can include:

  • failure of an assignment, subject or entire course
  • expulsion 
  • a stain upon a student's academic record and implications for future job seeking.


How to avoid Plagiarism.

Many attitudes and skills can help with avoiding plagiarism:  

It is also crucial to acknowledge all sources when you are:

  • using another person's ideas
  • paraphrasing another person's words,
  • quoting the words of another person directly.

On the Left of this page, there are some examples of referencing (Harvard Style) that you can use as a guide.

You can also use an Online Reference Generator. There are many options available to you.   Choose Harvard Style. (Newhaven College has an arrangement with Citethisforme  that allows you to save your bibliographies.( see link on the Left of this page).

Note taking template

Creative Commons

Creative Commons

Creative Commons is a world wide non profit organization that provides free licenses to creators.  The aim is to foster creativity by facilitating  sharing and collaboration . There are five main types of  licenses, each represented by a symbol. Some licenses  allow for the sharing, reusing and remixing of material. Click on the link below to find out: more about the different licenses,  how you can  license your own creations, or to search for free images, text and music to use in your assignments.



Intellectual  Property is protected by  Copyright Law

With Copyright Laws all rights are reserved.  This means the  work cannot be transmitted in any way without the permission of the owner.

The Copyright Act allows  for exceptions called "Fair Dealing".  This allows students to copy and use limited amounts of copyrighted material for research and study.  The creator and the title of the work must always be properly acknowledged.

Click on the link below  for more detailed information.


Consider searching for images, text and music from Creative Commons for your assignments.  The licenses are less restrictive , often allowing for sharing and remixing .  

What is plagiarism?

Original powerpoint by Joyce Valenza, Media Specialist, USA .Modified by Christine Tomlinson, Language Arts Instructor. USA.