copyright vs plagiarism
Posted Jul 14, 2012 0:14 UTC (Sat) by giraffedata
In reply to: A casualty in the patent wars
Parent article: A casualty in the patent wars
It's long been accepted in book copyright that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Plagiarism requires copying of all the details, not mere
imitation of the best ones.
Note that plagiarism and copyright infringement are different things. Plagiarism is passing off someone else's published work as your own, and all you have to do to avoid being a plagiarist is acknowledge the author. Copyright infringement is copying something without the author's permission, and just admitting you didn't write it doesn't help you at all.
I presume you're referring to copyright infringement as requiring copying all of the details. Although I don't think there are legal definitions of plagiarism, I think copying any substantial amount of someone else's work and saying it was your work is plagiarism.
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