Click to watch channel 96 live stream Click to watch the most recent and past graduation ceremonies online. Click to view the official SMCPS Facebook page Click to view the official SMCPS Twitter feed Click to view the offical SMCPS YouTube channel Click to view the official SMCPS LinkedIn page Click to access the Home Access Center login page Click for freqently asked questions and general website information

Click to watch channel 96 live stream Click to watch the most recent and past graduation ceremonies online. Click to view the official SMCPS Facebook page Click to view the official SMCPS Twitter feed Click to view the offical SMCPS YouTube channel Click to view the official SMCPS LinkedIn page Click to access the Home Access Center login page Click for freqently asked questions and general website information

St. Mary's County Public Schools (SMCPS) supports the rights of copyright holders as dictated by the Copyright Act of 1978.  SMCPS recognizes that copyright covers published and unpublished works.  It is important that students are taught about copyright and fair use especially in our digitally connected world. Copyrighted materials can be reproduced in moderation when used for news reporting, teaching, research, and criticism.  This is known as "Fair Use" as determined by Section 107 of the U. S. Copyright Act. In order to determine fair use, four areas of the reproduction need to be considered:

  1. The Purpose and Character of the Use 

  2. The Nature of the Copyrighted Work

  3. The Amount or Substantiality of the Portion Used

  4. The Effect of the Use on the Potential Market for or Value of the Work

It is the responsibility of the classroom teacher and the school library media specialist to collaborate on lessons that teach ethical use of information and plagiarism. Citing sources is important so you don't represent someone else's words as your own.  Web sites like Easy Bib, Citation Machine and Noodle Tools are available to help students create a bibliography for works cited.

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