The definition of copyright is the exclusive legal right to reproduce, publish, sell, or distribute the matter and form of something (as a literary, musical, or artistic work) as describe in the Merriam-Webster on line dictionary. This means anything that is created by someone is the owner. Exclusive legal right is the owner of the material. So when you read, listen to or view something then wish to use this information, you are obligated to acknowledge the original owner.
The copyright guide that is written by the University of Sydney is a great tool for explaining what copyright is, what laws govern copyright and how to acknowledge works thus negating the legal battle that could occur of infringement of the copyright act. This guide is extremely well laid out in an easy to read and understand format so there should be no stating that “I did not know about copyright”.
Copyright should actually be taught throughout primary and secondary schooling thus alleviating the problems that occur with some first year university students not understanding copyright. Amy has written a splendid piece on the confusing surrounding copyright which is why it is imperative to starting the teaching of copyright rules and regulations very early in a students life.
Merriam-Webster. (2015). Copyright. Retrieved March 3, 2016, from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/copyright
University of Sydney. (2014). Copyright guide for students. Retrieved March 3, 2016 from http://sydney.edu.au/copyright/students/coursework.shtml