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What is Visual Plagiarism?

Use this guide to learn about visual plagiarism

What is Visual Plagiarism?

This guide will help you understand what Visual Plagiarism is and how to avoid it.  Visual Plagiarism can also be known as Art Theft.  When one uses either term, they are referring to the taking of someone else's artwork or design and claiming it as one's own.  This can include artwork like drawing, painting, sculpture, and photography, as well as advertisements, logos, brand names, and other visual imagery.​  This guide will help you understand what Visual Plagiarism is and how to avoid it.  Additionally, you will learn about the grey areas in design known as pastiche, homage, and parody in regard to another’s creative visual material, as well as the ethical and legal implications.  Images used for examples on this guide were either found using a Creative Commons search, permission from the creator, or in the public domain.

Thank you to Lisa Winstanley, Lisa Peh Jia Xian, Wu You who developed the Cut & Paste Kit, as part of the Research and Integrity Office at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore to develop student's integrity in their academic work, and has gone on to win 7 International Design Awards, including the Gold Award in the 2021 Graphis Design Annual.  A copy of this may be found in the Bob and Kathy Luke Library.  Ask the reference desk to view it in the library.