I noun appropriation, appropriation of a literary composition, copying, copyright infringement, duplication, forgery, imitation, imitation of an original, infringement, literary forgery, literary piracy, literary theft, misappropriation, pilfering, reproducing, reproduction, simulation, stealing, taking, thievery, unauthorized borrowing associated concepts: copyright II index counterfeit

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

Deliberately passing off somebody elses original expression or creative ideas as ones own. Plagiarism can be a violation of law if copyrighted expression is taken. Often, however, plagiarism does not violate any law but marks the plagiarist as an unethical person in the political, academic, or scientific community where the plagiarism occurs.
Category: Patent, Copyright & Trademark → Copyright Law

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

n. Copying or stealing someone else's words or ideas and claiming or presenting them as if they were your own.
See also infringement.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

The act of appropriating the literary composition of another author, or excerpts, ideas, or passages therefrom, and passing the material off as one's own creation.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

The act of appropriating the literary composition of another author, or excerpts, ideas, or passages therefrom, and passing the material off as one's own creation.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

   taking the writings or literary concepts (a plot, characters, words) of another and selling and/or publishing them as one's own product. Quotes which are brief or are acknowledged as quotes do not constitute plagiarism. The actual author can bring a lawsuit for appropriation of his/her work against the plagiarist and recover the profits. Normally plagiarism is not a crime, but it can be used as the basis of a fraud charge or copyright infringement if prior creation can be proved.
   See also: copyright, infringement

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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