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Spot the difference: A brief look at local plagiarism allegations

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In 2019 the music video for Beyoncé’s song ‘Spirit’ was flagged for its likeness to Petit Noir’s visual album ‘La Maison Noir: The Gift and The Curse’, released in 2018.  (Screenshot from Spirit/ YouTube/ Beyoncé)
In 2019 the music video for Beyoncé’s song ‘Spirit’ was flagged for its likeness to Petit Noir’s visual album ‘La Maison Noir: The Gift and The Curse’, released in 2018. (Screenshot from Spirit/ YouTube/ Beyoncé)

Reuse. Copy, paste. Alter. Sample. Reference. Over the years copyright infringement and plagiarism allegations have been called many things. 

According to trademark and copyright law, copyright is infringed when a third party reproduces or adapts a work without licence of authorisation from the owner of the copyright. In order for an idea to be protected, it needs to exist in material form through a document or email. 

Below Arts24 takes a look at allegations of plagiarism in art and popular culture.

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