Unknowingly broken copyright laws? Not so much since the school where I used to teach did a really good job in professional development of teaching exactly what we could and could not do with copyright.
But to answer question 2 of Be Legal and Fair, anytime anyone breaks the copyright law, the creator of the work used… the music, the video, the essay, whatever…can be affected. Their work has basically been stolen, and the creator has not been appropriately compensated for its use.
Also, the audience also is affected because it makes them feel it is okay to use copyrighted material indiscriminately. The “everyone does it” syndrome.
Each time I use images, music, video, etc, I try to make sure it is NOT copyrighted, OR I use the Fair Use rules. When I use copyrighted written material, I paraphrase and give the owner of the copyright credit using MLA format.
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I ran a two paragraph piece that one of my students wrote through both Paper Rater and Plag Tracker. I liked Paper Rater as it showed problems with the student’s actual writing, and I liked Plag Tracker as it proved that she had actually written the entire piece herself. I really like both of these in combination and I can see how it would help the student improve her writing AND me proving there isn’t plagarism! Great sites!