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Legal and Ethical Issues

By Lawrence Lessig, Stanford Law Professor and founder of Creative Commons The Future of Ideas Free Culture Code and Other Cyber Laws Code Version 2.0 Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy (October 2008 release) By Cory Doctorow, Science Fiction Author Content: Selected Essays on Technology, Creativity,

Teaching Copyright provides a plethora of resources including handouts, activities, books and articles to assist in teaching students about copyright.

Ohio State University Libraries provides a list of resources to support teaching faculty, staff and students with workshops and other resources on the application of the copyright law.

Copyright Information and Resources · University of Minnesota Libraries · University of Minnesota Libraries

University of Michigan Libraries provides a detailed explanation of the copyright law for those who own content and those who would like to use content.

Berkley University provide an annotated bibliography of resources that cover basic copyright law, fair use and public domain, libraries and copyright, and continuing education.

Cornell University published a chart of copyright laws and their appropriate applications.

FERPA for Student and Parents

Welcome to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) Web page developed specifically for parents and eligible students. This page contains information and resources geared to educate and inform parents of students enrolled in public elementary schools and secondary schools and students enrolled in public and private colleges and universities.

FERPA resource links

The resources linked from this page are provided to NACADA members as a service. It is hoped that academic advisors will find the linked information helpful in familiarizing themselves with legal issues that may affect the practice of their profession.



The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) is a federal law that pertains to the release of and access to student educational records. The law, which seeks to protect the rights of students and to ensure the privacy and accuracy of education records, applies to all schools that receive funds under applicable programs administered by the U.S.

Education is changing. New technologies are allowing information to flow within schools and beyond, enabling new learning environments and new tools to understand and improve the way teachers teach and students learn. Schools and the service providers supporting education must ensure that they maintain responsible privacy practices to safeguard student data.

The Best Online Resources To Teach About Plagiarism

Plagiarism, I think, can be a tricky concept to help students understand. I can understand how an English Language Learner in an academic setting might be tempted to copy-and-paste someone else's work. This is a very short "The Best..." list sharing online resources that my students have found engaging and, I believe, helpful to them "getting it."




Welcome to, your source of information on plagiarism and best practices for ensuring originality in written work.

For avoiding plagiarism lesson plans ... ReadWriteThink provides teachers with a lesson plan for instructing students on the definition of plagiarism, the importance of citing sources, acceptable methods for paraphrasing and more. Literacy Matters has an article for teachers on developing the online research skills of students.

The Purdue OWL: Preventing Plagiarism

These OWL resources contain lesson plans and activities to help teachers instruct students on how to understand and avoid plagiarism. Activities in the

Put an End to Plagiarism in Your Classroom

According to a report by, "Studies indicate that approximately 30 percent of all students may be plagiarizing on every written assignment they complete." Kids plagiarize for a variety of reasons. Some kids are lazy, some are unmotivated, some are disorganized, and some just don't understand what plagiarism really is.