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
Yesterday, The British Library hosted a meeting of the Copyright Working Group at CENL (Conference of European National Libraries). CENL is a network of 48 national libraries from 45 European states. The National University Library (NUK), represented by dr. Maja Bogataj Jančič for many years now, is actively engaged in this working group.
Between 9 and 12 September, the 9th Pan-Commonwealth forum (PCF9) is being held in Edinburgh, Scotland. On this meeting, different stakeholders in the field of education (policy makers, academics, representatives of the civil society) discuss the future of education in light of the issues of the fourth industrial revolution.
Wikimania is the biggest world conference on free knowledge. It is organized by the Wikimedia Foundation. This year, the conference was held in Stockholm between 14 and 18 August under the title: “Stronger together: Wikimedia, Free Knowledge and the Sustainable Development Goals”.
A dispute between the University of California (UC) and the publishing giant Elsevier echoes in academia. After months of negotiations, UC decided to terminate the agreement with the publisher as the latter was not willing to agree to UC’s terms. UC, where almost 10% of scientific articles in US are published, wanted to make those articles available to the public. Instead, Elsevier insisted on double payment for “open access” articles.