Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Questions (185)

Brendan Griffin


185. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if plagiarism is recognised as both a criminal and a civil offence; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15628/14]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

Plagiarism is the taking of another's work or ideas and passing them off as one's own. It is a matter of particular concern in an educational setting. While plagiarism per se is neither a criminal offence nor a tort, it can infringe upon intellectual property rights. Depending on the circumstances in which material is plagiarized and is used, e.g. where it is sold in contravention of copyright legislation Copyright and Related Rights Act 2000 it can amount to a criminal offence and an actionable tort.