|copied article outline, but not 'exactly' the same|
| 9:17 pm on Sep 8, 2006 (gmt 0)|
If someone copies an article you wrote, in terms of the headings and major points, but rewrote the article, is it possible to charge the individual with plagirism?
I mean what are the chances of someone covering a topic in the same general way (order of points, headings, etc).
technically it seems its not a plagirized article, or can it be fought?
| 9:19 pm on Sep 8, 2006 (gmt 0)|
isn't that called para-phrasing?
I believe it's still stealing...
(I'm no lawyer...)
| 9:48 pm on Sep 8, 2006 (gmt 0)|
|...is it possible to charge the individual with plagirism? |
It is possible to bring legal charges (on the basis that it's possible to bring charges against anything), but the point is, would you win - could the claim be upheld?
Would a court case be worth it? Would you bring the case as a point of principle, or a because the offending article was a source of annoyance?
The standard answer, to back up Terabytes, is, seek proper legal advice. There is no definitive answer - only a court case should you decide to pursue it. Sorry to not be more helpful.
| 3:13 am on Sep 9, 2006 (gmt 0)|
Plagarism? Probably, but unless the person that copied it is doing it as a school project, it won't matter because plagarism isn't a crime.
It would be a lot tougher to prove copyright infringement (which is a crime), unless the text itself was obviously just rewritten, and not reordered at all.
| 7:31 pm on Sep 9, 2006 (gmt 0)|
It depends. First, facts are not under copyright. However, presentation and creativity are.
Let's say your article says that 5 of 6 people do this or that. A lazy thief comes along and rewords your article. Here's the thing. He/she might not be able to back up the data in the article--especially if it's your own research. Even if it was a fact and the person found the source, if they presented it in the same way, you may have a case against them.
I don't want to get into it, but I've seen instances were having a similar opening (in concept) to another article of similar nature has led to legal problems.
Stealing content should be a criminal crime rather than a civil one. :D