What is the difference between plagiarism and copyright infringement?

February 1st, 2017

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Copying ideas, text, images, notes from music, and more all are considered to be copyright infringement. But not all cases of copyright infringement is actually plagiarism. It’s important to understand which case you may be encountering so you know how to deal with it in the next steps. Here, we’ll explain the difference between these.

Copyright Infringement

Simply stated, copyright infringement occurs when someone infringes upon your protected work. What does that mean? If you wrote, drew, musically produced, designed something

This is why it’s more and more common to hear about fashion designers whose unique designs have been infringed upon is a violation of rights

What is Plagiarism?

Plagiarism is the act of stealing someone else’s words or ideas and using them as your own. There are many different types of plagiarism but the idea is the same. Taking someone’s words intentionally or not and not giving them credit is considered plagiarism.

One of the most common instances plagiarism is found, is in student school work. In an effort to complete an assignment quickly, students copy and paste and substitute a few words in order to make it appear they have written it. This is normally apparent to teachers and they are able to tell the voice does not belong to the student, but rather a Wikipedia page or another site from the internet.

Another case, is content-oriented companies like online publishers and blogs that have scraped the internet with bots taking specific kinds of content and using it on their site. This is common and may take months for the original author to realize it is happening (typically due to Google rankings).

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