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Exploring Academic Integrity in Your Research

A UO Libraries self-guided tutorial on integrity in library research and using sources ethically

3 - Copyright

Copyright Nuances

Copyright is often black-and-white, but sometimes there are nuances. Here's an example of that gray area:

Mashup artist Girl Talk creates music by taking small sections of existing songs and layering them to create a new work. 372 songs from other artists come together to form the music on the album All Day (2010).

Mashup Artist Girl Talk

Image of Girl Talk from Wikimedia Commons. Photo Credit: Tom Purves

Since Girl Talk arrived on the music scene, legal experts have debated whether or not this style of music violates the copyright of the original creators who created the songs that Girl Talk samples.

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