About plagiarism

Not every act of plagiarism is an infringement of copyright and not every copyright infringement is an act of plagiarism.


Plagiarism is an unethical and immoral act of a person stealing someone else’s work and presenting it as its own. With this act the person deceives the public, for example an academic community, the colleagues or the audience. Infringement of copyright, on the other hand, is a use of a copyright work without the authorization of the rightholder. This is an offense against the law and it is directed against the rightholder.

There is no law that would define plagiarism, prohibit it or prescribe sanctions for plagiarists (such as loss of the integrity, deprivation of the title, loss of function or excommunication), however, this is regulated by codes of ethics adopted by the community.

dr. Maja Bogataj Jančič for Delo