What is Copyright?
Copyright protects the rights of the author. It means you have to ask permission to copy, manipulate, perform or communicate a creative work.
Did you know that whenever you write a poem, story, or research paper for your class, you automatically own the copyright to it?
Authors of work have to give permission for the following actions:
In general, it is illegal for anyone to do any of the things listed above without the author's permission, but there are some exceptions like citation for academic purposes. This means that students can give credit to the author for the original work and use the information in their own homework and research projects. Maybe someday YOUR work will be cited by another student!