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What’s the difference between plagiarism and copyright infringement?   It’s largely a matter of what’s immoral as opposed to what’s illegal. Let’s take plagiarism first. When we throw out the term “plagiarism,” we mean “taking and passing off another person’s words or ideas as your own, without attribution (crediting the source),” and it’s considered wrong, …

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“Hey, that’s my song! They stole my song!” You’re watching a tv show or a commercial and you hear your own melodies in the background.  Or you’re listening to the radio in the car and you hear a song that sounds just like yours. It’s the same lyric or the same melody or both, but …

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