The ethical use of information is important both academically and in your online activities. At NDSU if you plagiarize or copy other people's work without properly giving them credit by citing your sources, you could be disciplined for academic dishonesty resulting in a variety of consequences depending on the severity of your offense.
But what about your personal online activities? When you share files, download stuff you find online, use someone else's music on a YouTube video, post that cool picture you found on your Facebook page or use a bootlegged copy of some software you found online, are you violating copyright laws? In the case of using other people's music, images, art, and words online is it enough to merely give them credit in order to be within the law? That is where a basic understanding of copyright and the concepts of fair use can help you make smart decisions and use information ethically.
Please read the learning objectives and then click here to learn more about citations and the ethical use of information.