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Infographics: “Did I Plagiarize?” and “Can I Use That Picture?”

Plagiarism can be defined as “The practice of taking someone else’s work or ideas and passing them off as one’s own”. But exactly what actions constitute plagiarism, and are some types of plagiarism more serious than others?

On a related topic, which pictures can be used legally and ethically? In these days of the ready availability of a vast number of images on the internet, many people are using pictures inappropriately.

To help answer these questions, The Visual Communication Guy has produced two infographics: Did I Plagiarize? and Can I Use That Picture?

Infographic: Did I Plagiarize?

Infographic: Can I Use That Picture?

Also published on Medium.

Bruce Boyes

Bruce Boyes ( is editor, lead writer, and a director of the award-winning RealKM Magazine ( and currently also teaches in the University of NSW (UNSW) Foundation Studies program in China. He has expertise and experience in a wide range of areas including knowledge management (KM), environmental management, program and project management, writing and editing, stakeholder engagement, communications, and research. Bruce holds a Master of Environmental Management with Distinction and a Certificate of Technology (Electronics). With a demonstrated ability to identify and implement innovative solutions to social and ecological complexity, Bruce's many career highlights include establishing RealKM Magazine as an award-winning resource for knowledge managers, using agile and knowledge management approaches to oversee the implementation of an award-winning $77.4 million river recovery program in western Sydney on time and under budget, leading a knowledge strategy process for Australia's 56 natural resource management (NRM) regional organisations, pioneering collaborative learning and governance approaches to support communities to sustainably manage landscapes and catchments, and initiating and teaching two new knowledge management subjects at Shanxi University in China.

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