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I think my professor is plagiarizing my work.

1 Answers. Asked on Sep 03rd, 2014 on Intellectual Property - Texas
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I am a theatre undergrad with an emphasis as a playwright. A year ago I presented an original work to the community and turned it in to my playwriting teacher for my final. Now a year later she has presented her own play for production. There are several scenes in her show that are almost identical to the format, feel, subject matter, and execution that were present in my work. I feel that she has plagiarized my ideas and is passing them off as her own. Until a day ago I had never read or seen anything from her show.
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Answered on Sep 03rd, 2014 at 6:15 AM

Plagiarism, in and of itself, is not a crime. At most, it is an academic matter and should be taken up with the school.

You may have a separate claim for copyright infringement. You should take your original work to a copyright (or intellectual property) local to you along with a detailed explanation of the material taken and determine if you have a claim for copyright infringement and, if so, what your options are. Many attorneys will offer a free consultation, which will provide more useful information than you will obtain from a question in this forum for your particular situation.

Good luck,


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The legal system recognizes the rights of people and companies that invent and create unique works, granting them ownership of those tangible and intangible assets through a number of intellectual property laws. Intellection property, or IP, includes patents, trademarks, copyright, trade dress and trade secrets. Intellectual property attorneys work with businesses and individuals (including inventors, writers, composers, artists and designers) to help protect these intellectual assets. IP lawyers and law firms can assist with taking initial steps to protect assets, while also working with clients to license items and to protect assets that are plagiarized, infringed and/or misappropriated.
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