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Plagiarism and copyright in nonfiction books

You’ve written a great nonfiction book. Maybe it’s a how-to book or a professional book. You got your information from somewhere. Take care in giving credit where credit is due. Otherwise, you may end up in legal action.

What is Plagiarism?

Plagiarism means copying or near-copying someone else’s writing or research and pretending it is your own. Plagiarism in a school assignment can get you an F and a boot in the bum that sends you flying out the door. But plagiarism in a published book infringes on copyright law and can land you with a lawsuit.

At the very least, plagiarism shows lack of professionalism. That will cost you readers, sales, and credibility. Continue reading