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What is the difference between plagiarism and copyright?


Plagiarism is the wrongful appropriation of someone else’s ideas and is not an infringement on copyright per se, so it is not “illegal.” Rather, it is a matter of academic dishonesty or academic integrity.

Plagiarism Copyright

Plagiarism relates to providing attribution to original source materials.

Copyright relates to obtaining permission to use protected works.

Plagiarism is often governed by honor codes and standards of academic integrity. Copyright is governed by federal law.
Plagiarism disputes are often resolved through proceedings conducted internally by schools, publishers, etc. Copyright disputes are often resolved in federal courts.

Plagiarism and copyright intersect when

1) You use copyrighted content without permission;

AND

2) try to pass it off as your own.

Learn more

Law and Ethics of Copying: Copyright Infringement vs. Plagiarism - The Authors Alliance

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