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UTown Writing Modules (Level 1): UTW1001C

This is a guide for students taking the UTown Writing Modules. Find out what are the relevant resources for your modules by selecting the tabs below.

UTW1001C : At the Edges of the Law : Ethics, Morality and the Law

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Citation Styles & Managers

Avoiding Plagiarism

Plagiarism v Copyright

The difference between plagiarism and copyright is that plagiarism is a matter of ethics whereas copyright is a matter of law

Ensure that you aren't accidentally infringing someone's copyright when you re-use images, text, or other materials.

We've listed lots of examples in the video below.

Copyright Infringement Plagiarism

Is an office/prohibited under the:

Copyright Act

NUS Student Code of Conduct

Is prohibited under the:

NUS Student Code of Conduct

Legal in nature Moral/Ethical in nature
Taking someone's right to commercially exploit the work Taking someone's right to be acknowledged for their work


Avoiding Plagiarism and cite whenever you

  • Directly quote from a source
  • Paraphrase or summarise ideas or arguments from a source
  • Reference your own work - you can be penalised for plagiarising yourself
  • Use statistics/data/images/other works created by others


Incorporating a text excerpt  into your assignment

  • Quoting a short abstract word-for-word when there is no better way to phrase the idea. Make sure to cite!
  • Summarising the main point(s) the author is trying to make. Make sure to cite!
  • Paraphrasing or re-writing the author's points in your own words. You should always aim to paraphrase. Make sure to cite!

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6 Things About Copyright

Does copyright arise automatically or is registration required? 

Are ideas, titles and logos copyrighted? 

We've listed 6 basic concepts about copyright in the video below: 


1 – Copyright protection is automatic in Singapore

2 – Copyright does not protect ideas but the expression of ideas

3 – Categories of Copyright: LDMA, Sound Recordings and Films

4 – Rights in Copyright: Copy, Publish, Perform, Communicate and Adapt

5 – Copyright is a balance between the owners and the public

6– Copyright does not last forever


Copyrighted works are protected by law to:

  • Incentivise creators by allowing them to reap the rewards of their effort and time spent creating an original work
  • Protect the creations which are seen as an extension of the author's personality


Types of works protected by Copyright:

  • Literary such as text of teaching materials, journal articles or textbooks
  • Dramatic such as plays with stage directions
  • Musical such as music sheets with notation
  • Artistic such as photographs, graphs, images. maps, plans or graphics
  • Sound or video recording such as mp3 or mp4 recording of a musical performance
  • Films such as moving images, video clips or animated films