Many people believe that plagiarism is only limited to written material but that’s true: even graphic designing is prone to plagiarism and in fact it is being highly affected by this practice these days. Even worse is the fact that many creative and unique graphic designs are copied and posted on the internet before the owner or creator of that design even finalizes the work. And this is a big quandary for graphic designers because even a search engine gives higher rank to the content that was posted earlier. All your hard work could easily end in smoke if you don’t keep your ideas hidden until the last day.
Graphic design plagiarism is just as common as textual plagiarism these days and time to time you come across images that seem familiar. When you get the feeling that you have seen such an image before, you definitely have and one of them is a cribbed version of another. However, as they always do, small changes are made in the original design and most of the time the main color of the image is changed to make the design look new and fresh. Furthermore, the placement of a few things is changed from here to there to avoid the label of plagiarism.
Getting away with plagiarism claims in graphic designing is pretty easy because when you look at an image, it is not just one image; it is in fact a collage of many different pieces picked from here and there. So, if your design contains a lady in red dress having a glass of wine in her right hand, the plagiarized design might contain the same lady (the face will be identical) in blue dress and holding the glass in her left hand. Sometimes, the plagiarism is done so perfectly that you will call it nothing but inspiration.
First, whatever design you are creating, make sure to save it on a personal device and not let it out for others to see. If you can, only show it to the people who are concerned or the manager of your department. There are just too many sources on the internet to share information and try not to keep your personal data, especially your original designs, in cloud based services. Secondly, make sure to have your coding copyrighted because that’s the only way for you to claim plagiarism – the similarity in looks would not be enough to make a claim.
It is easy to detect plagiarism in the form of text but when it comes to how plagiarism takes place in graphic designing, you will not be able to find out unless someone very loyal to your brand informs you of that or you discover a similarity in some design accidentally. It is highly recommended that you learn the copyright rules and have your codes copyrighted for every design. Remember once again; don’t make a claim of plagiarism on a website just because you notice some similarities in its design to yours because that will not help you in winning the case.