Do you copy material from the Internet without giving credit? Do you know that intellectual property is a valuable commodity? You are violating the law if you do not give credit where it is due. Digital Law is the legal rights and restrictions governing technology use. It is easy to post, locate, and download information from the Internet. Is it legal to do so? Not always! We must be accountable for our use of digital technology. Some digital law issues include: copyrights, plagiarism, file sharing, pirating software, hacking into networks or systems, and stealing someone's identity.
What determines Fair Use? These four factors need to be considered: 1.The purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of commercial nature, or is for nonprofit educational purposes, 2. The nature of the copyrighted work, 3. The amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole, and 4. The effect of the use upon the potential market for, or value of, the copyrighted work.