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Anyone who has created a source of information has a legal right to be recognised as its creator. This is the creator's moral rights, which are set out by the Copyright Amendment (Moral Rights) Act 2000.

If you do not acknowledge the creator of the work, you are claiming it as your own. You are in fact 'stealing' the creator's moral rights. This is very serious, and is called plagiarism.

To protect a creator's moral rights, you must:

  • attribute / acknowledge the creator's name for the work that you have used
  • not change, distort, mutilate or use the work in a manner which would degrade the creator's reputation or honour
  • not falsely attribute. This means that you stated that someone created the work when he/she didn't.

Plagiarism is considered cheating and would be dealt with under the TAFE SA Plagiarism and Cheating Policy.

There are many software programs that can detect plagiarism. It is very likely that you will be caught if you try to use other people's work without referencing.

The following streaming video can give you a more thorough understanding of plagiarism and its consequences. NOTE - If you are asked to login before viewing the video, click here to obtain login details.