Respect for intellectual labor and creativity is vital to academic discourse and enterprise. This principle applies to works of all authors and publishers in all media. It encompasses respect for the right to acknowledgement, right to privacy, and right to determine the form, manner, and terms of publication and distribution.
Because electronic information is volatile and easily reproduced, respect for the work and personal expression of others is especially critical in computer environments. Violations of authorial integrity, including plagiarism, invasion of privacy, unauthorized access, and trade secret and copyright violations, may be grounds for sanctions against members of the academic community.
This is a guide to the ethical and legal use of software for members of the academic community. In terms of copyright, software can be broken down into the following classifications:
Information taken from "Using Software: A Guide To The Ethical and Legal Use of Software for Members of the Academic Community."