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Protecting Intellectual Property
Reproducing and/or distributing digitized copyright-protected or licensed
materials without permission is a violation of federal law.
i-SAFE Inc. has created this list of tips
and reminders that can be used to help recognize what is and isn’t protected
material to avoid violating the law.
• Don’t copy or download commercial computer software.
With the exception of shareware, “borrowing” a CD from someone and
downloading computer programs or games onto your computer for your own use
constitutes theft even if you return the CD.
• Be careful when using “sharing” software.
By using software programs like Kazaa, iMesh, and gnutella, users can
unknowingly be allowing others to share files—as well as personal
files—illegally with everyone on the Internet. Additionally, viruses are
often hidden in files being shared on the Internet.
• Always cite the information source.
Copying written materials from the Internet without citing the sources is
plagiarism. Students should avoid the temptation to submit research papers
purchased on the Internet as their own.
• Get permission before downloading copyrighted materials.
Books, magazines, videos, computer games, and music require the permission
of the author, publisher, or artist when copying,
downloading, and using, even for personal use. Free doesn’t mean legal.
• Download media legally.
There are a growing number of free or “pay for” sites available where you
can legally acquire media. Research the site before downloading to ensure
that the site is legal and has permission to distribute copyrighted
• Become a part of your child’s online experience.
It can be a fun journey to explore the wonders of the Internet as a family.
As computer-savvy as kids and teens are today, they may even teach you a
thing or two!
• Learn about the Internet.
The more you know about how the Internet works, the better prepared you are
to teach your children about how online predators operate and what you can
do together to identify and elude them.
• Get involved with i-SAFE Inc.
Raise Internet safety awareness by joining, creating, or supporting an i-PARENT
Board in your school or community
organization, and informing other parents how to keep their families safe
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