5 Ways to avoid plagiarism/copyright infringement online

With many people moving their thoughts to the online space it’s easy to get caught up with copyright. Trying to express your thoughts with pictures and sounds can be done without infringing on anybody’s work. Here are five ways to avoid copyright infringement.

5. Give credit where it’s due

Finding inspiration from others is completely okay. After all that’s what it’s there for. However, it is vital that you attribute the content you use to the owner.

This can be done in several different ways depending on the style of writing that applies to your piece.

Many websites and scholarly articles have a pre-set format where you can just copy and paste it into your article.

4. Discover royalty-free content

A lot of creators make websites with content that is made to be used for professional projects, however, beware that just because they are labeled as “royalty free” some of these sites may still require you to give credit.

3. Create your own thoughts

This goes without saying but creating your own thoughts can be as easy as doing enough research on your project and combining all that you’ve learned.

Beware that this cannot be done when using specific data from a certain study as you would still need to give credit to the article.

2. Always double check

Always make sure a piece of intellectual property can be used with credit.

Not only should you do that but you should also be certain that the content you are using does not require you to give credit in a certain way.

  1. Contact copyright holder

You can never be too certain when it comes to copyright.

Getting in contact with the owner of the content will be a for sure way of avoiding an infringement.

Though it may be tough to get in contact with these people this would allow you to ask any questions that you have about citing or giving credit to them.

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