Copyright and Plagiarism
Copyright and plagiarism are issues which are often clouded in confusion. Within Linköping University Library we have an expertise in these issues and are more than willing to answer questions and provide guidance.
Generally, what we find is that most often copyright and plagiarism become mixed together; separating an issue into its components often makes the solution or correct way forward much easier to see. We recommend that any question first be analysed to determine what components of copyright, plagiarism and/or academic regulations contribute.
Copyright deals with the right to re-distribute a piece of work (where work can be text, figure, photo, video, sound etc.). For more detailed information, see http://www.ep.liu.se/copyright/index.en.asp.
Plagiarism, on the other hand, deals with giving credit for previous work, not intentionally or unintentionally making a piece of work or idea seem original when in fact it was created by you or someone else previously.
Academic regulations contain specific rules for what is allowable content in a, e.g. thesis, from a examination point of view.
We would also be more than happy to come and talk to your course/department/research group (20-30 minutes usually works well) – our experience is that most people from research leaders to students do not really understand copyright and plagiarism and a refresher can be rather useful.
Questions and Answers
We have put together a Q & A page about copyright and plagiarism.
About plagiarism at Linköping University
Last updated: 2013-05-31