Copyright or Plagiarism? The difference between the two is copyright is the “exclusive legal right, given to an originator or an assignee to print, publish, perform, film, or record literary, artistic, or musical material, and to authorize others to do so.” Whereas plagiarism is the “practice of taking someone else’s work or ideas and passing them off as one’s own.” Those are the google definitions for both. So you see they are not the same nor alike in any way. I think copyright is a great idea, a lot of great things have been created from copyrights. The Star Wars film being one of them. They got their idea from movie Flash Gordon made in 1967 and we all know Star Wars is a household name. My take on it, is that artists take an original piece and remake it into a phenomena. Musicians do it all the time, Iv’e heard a lot of r&b songs with old school Jamaican beats and the songs hit the top of the charts. We are taught all our lives in the school system to not copy from our peers but when you look at it, most geniuses are created from copying the ideas of another genius(es) and both are successful. Copyright comes from inspiration nothing else and there is enough room for everyone at the table.