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Author Topic: Is using stock photos in a design an act of plagiarism?  (Read 2773 times)

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mun

« on: June 24, 2012, 08:28 »
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Hi

If I purchase a stock photo and embed it in my design, then would I be committing plagiarism? Purchasing a stock photo only grants me a license to use, which is more in the copyright side of things. How about plagiarism though?

Thanks


Wim

« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2012, 08:58 »
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If you will sell the design as your own copyright work then yes.

« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2012, 09:07 »
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Short answer to your original question: no.  Longer answer: you're creating a derivative work.  Just don't claim authorship of all the components of your work.  I would liken it to quoting other people's work in an article or book.  Acknowledge your sources and you're fine; claim them as your own words or the results of your own research rather than theirs and you're plagiarizing.

I'm neither a lawyer nor a legal scholar.  The way I think it works is that you can claim copyright to the derived work, which is your creation from the copyright-protected work of others.  A song that uses a sample from another song deserves protection, and so does your derived work.  It still depends on honoring the copyrights of its components.
« Last Edit: June 24, 2012, 09:20 by disorderly »

« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2012, 09:18 »
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If I purchase a stock photo and embed it in my design, then would I be committing plagiarism?

Ummmm, licensing a stock photo to put into a design is the entire point of licensing stock.

Microbius

« Reply #4 on: June 24, 2012, 09:52 »
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^^ what he said, just don't claim to have taken the photo, and if you want to be ultra nice credit the photographer, but most licenses won't require it.


 

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