Copyright and Plagiarism
Photocopying of Copyrighted Materials
copyright laws permit non-profit educational institutions to photocopy
copyrighted materials under certain limited conditions:
A complete poem if less than 250 words
(not to exceed two pages) or an excerpt of not more than 250 words from
a longer poem.
A complete article, story or essay of less
than 2,500 words or 10% of the work, whichever is less.
One chart, graph, diagram, drawing, cartoon or picture per book or per
to use the work and the moment of its use for maximum teaching effectiveness
must be so close in time that it would be unreasonable to expect a
timely reply to a request to photocopy.
copying of the material is for only one course in the school in which the
copies are made.
more than one short poem, article story, essay or two excerpts may be
copied from the same author, ore more than three from the same collective
work or periodical volume during one class term.
There shall not be more than nine (9) instances of such multiple copying for
one course during one class term.
same teacher cannot copy the same item without permission from term to term.
Unauthorized copying may not substitute for the purchase of books,
publisher's reprints or periodicals.
original copyright notice must appear on all copies of the work.
to copy any material not fitting the above description must be obtained from
the publisher's Copyright and Permissions Department prior to photocopying
the work. The earlier you request permission, the better, in case it
cannot be granted and you need to substitute other materials. Attach a
copy of the permission from the publisher to the requires for photocopying.
The print shop staff assistant will not copy any materials which do not meet
the above guidelines unless permission is attached.
REMEMBER: WHEN IN DOUBT, REQUEST PERMISSION.
following are useful copyright links:
Renton Technical College expressly
forbids students to turn in plagiarized work. From the Renton Technical College Student Handbook;
“Any student who submits an
assignment or other work to an instructor and falsely represents it as
his/her own is guilty of academic dishonesty and is subject to discipline.”
(RTC 21009.02, 9/99, Attachment 2, Page
following are useful plagiarism links:
can always refer students to these resources for help with their citations:
Noodlebib (on the RTC Library database page),
Purdue University's OWL
pages, or Highline Community College's
Last updated: 09/5/12