Plagiarism Lawsuits

Plariarism lawsuits deal directly with the act of plagiarim, i.e. falsely getting credit for a piece of work or idea that is not yours. They target the individuals who commit plagiarism.

Copyright infringement lawsuits deal with the use, sale, and distribution of copyrighted content without the permission of the owner.

According to the United States Copyright Office, content is automatically protected under copyright laws as soon as it is "created and fixed in a tangible form". Registration is only necessary if you choose to file a lawsuit.

Most publishers will choose not to file a lawsuit because there is a large time, financial, and emotional cost involved. Many authors and artists may not pursue reporting a plagiarizer because even the large time committment and emotional cost may not be worth the rewards.

It is exactly this - the high legal cost of reporting and proving ownership - that plagiarizers are counting on to continue their criminal activity.

At the Plagiarism Attorneys Network, all we do is prosecute plagiarizers and copyright infringement. We are an online clearinghouse that forwards possible individual and class-action lawsuits from our clients to attorneys and legal aids who have agreed to set fees that are the lowest available anywhere.

Copyright FAQ

What is copyright?
Copyright is a form of protection grounded in the U.S. Constitution and granted by law for original works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression. Copyright covers both published and unpublished works.

What does copyright protect?

Copyright, a form of intellectual property law, protects original works of authorship including literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works, such as poetry, novels, movies, songs, computer software, and architecture. Copyright does not protect facts, ideas, systems, or methods of operation, although it may protect the way these things are expressed. See Circular 1, Copyright Basics, section "What Works Are Protected."

How is a copyright different from a patent or a trademark?

Copyright protects original works of authorship, while a patent protects inventions or discoveries. Ideas and discoveries are not protected by the copyright law, although the way in which they are expressed may be. A trademark protects words, phrases, symbols, or designs identifying the source of the goods or services of one party and distinguishing them from those of others.

When is my work protected?

Your work is under copyright protection the moment it is created and fixed in a tangible form that it is perceptible either directly or with the aid of a machine or device.

Do I have to register with your office to be protected?

No. In general, registration is voluntary. Copyright exists from the moment the work is created. You will have to register, however, if you wish to bring a lawsuit for infringement of a U.S. work. See Circular 1, Copyright Basics, section “Copyright Registration.”

Why should I register my work if copyright protection is automatic?

Registration is recommended for a number of reasons. Many choose to register their works because they wish to have the facts of their copyright on the public record and have a certificate of registration. Registered works may be eligible for statutory damages and attorney's fees in successful litigation. Finally, if registration occurs within 5 years of publication, it is considered prima facie evidence in a court of law. See Circular 1, Copyright Basics, section “Copyright Registration” and Circular 38b, Highlights of Copyright Amendments Contained in the Uruguay Round Agreements Act (URAA), on non-U.S. works.

I’ve heard about a “poor man’s copyright.” What is it?

The practice of sending a copy of your own work to yourself is sometimes called a “poor man’s copyright.” There is no provision in the copyright law regarding any such type of protection, and it is not a substitute for registration.

Is my copyright good in other countries?

The United States has copyright relations with most countries throughout the world, and as a result of these agreements, we honor each other's citizens' copyrights. However, the United States does not have such copyright relationships with every country. For a listing of countries and the nature of their copyright relations with the United States, see Circular 38a, International Copyright Relations of the United States.

- from the United States Copyright Office


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