July 23, 2010, Newsletter Issue #218: Copyright issues for online master's degree courses

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Did you know that not everything you find on the Internet is available for "fair use?" Just because a photo or a piece of writing does not carry a copyright date, that does not mean that it is free for any purpose. Students in online master's degree programs in homeland security should pay particular attention to the fact that some government publications also carry copyrights. Most large universities and many smaller ones have specific policies regarding the type of materials that can be downloaded from the Internet to use in course work. Additionally, there may be policies on what you can photocopy and how you can distribute those copies. Never assume that, because you are a student, you are immune from responsibility for copyright infringement. Check with your professor or advisor to get a copy of your university's copyright policy.

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