Answered By: Monique Ritchie
Last Updated: 07 Dec, 2021     Views: 5

Plagiarism and copyright are indirectly connected. It is possible to plagiarise without infringing copyright and vice versa.

Plagiarism is passing off someone else's work as your own. As such it is a type of of academic misconduct or fraud. To avoid plagiarism in your work, it is important to ensure that ideas or quotations from someone else are identifiable and not passed off as the author's own.  By doing so, you may infringe an author's moral right to be identified as the author (the right of paternity) under copyright legislation. Moral rights are covered in Section 80 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, (CDPA 1988) as amended.

You may also infringe other parts of the copyright legislation, e.g. if you have used a substantial portion of a work without permission that would not otherwise be covered by a statutory exception. 

However plagiarism as a form of passing off, is also dealt with under the law of tort. 

To avoid plagiarism, whether directly quoting, paraphrasing or reproducing someone else's work or ideas in your own work, you should make sure you use in-text citations, quotations, or other form of credit as appropriate to the content type, following the standard practice and referencing conventions used in the discipline. Where permission has been obtained, you should use the form of credit that the rightsowner requests. 

It is possible to use third party materials in your work under certain circumstances and there are several statutory exceptions to copyright which staff, doctoral researchers and students can apply to their work in the course of education and research.

For information about fair dealing exceptions, visit the Copyright web pages linked below. See also the links on Plagiarism and referencing.