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Plagiarism vs. Copyright Infringement

Copyright infringement is a violation of the exclusive rights of the copyright holder and may carry legal consequences. Copyright infringement can take many forms. Examples of copyright infringement may include borrowing significant portions of another's work in the creation of a new work, making and distributing unauthorized copies of a sound recording or video, or publicly performing another's work without permission from the copyright holder, even if the original work is cited.

The law identifies several exceptions and limitations to copyright that do not constitute infringement.

Plagiarism involves using another's work without attribution, as if it were one's own original work. It is considered an ethical offense and can be detrimental to one's academic reputation and integrity.

It is possible to plagiarize without violating copyright, and it is possible to infringe on another's copyright without plagiarizing. It is also possible to both plagiarize and violate copyright at the same time.


Content in this page was used or adapted with permission from one or more institutions. Please see acknowledgements.

Information in this page was reviewed and approved by legal counsel. Please see disclaimer. Review date: October 2007.

Related Links:

Plagiarism Resources (UConn Libraries Instruction)

Plagiarism and Copyright Infringement (American Historical Association)

UConn Code of Conduct (PDF)

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