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    Is using concepts from a book listed as "non-fiction" plagarism?

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Knighten Richman, Dec 13, 2012.

    I'm writing a fictional script which has similar concepts to the Carlos Castaneda series of books in some places ("The Teachings of Don Juan", Tales of Power, etc.). I'm not sure if this could be considered as plagiarism or copyright infringement or not, especially considering that the Don Juan series often uses concepts from religions and books existing previously to it.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
     
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    All stories have been told before, it is the way you tell them that is different. If you are not using extracts or quotes from the books there shouldn't be a problem. "Similar concepts" does not sound like plagiarism, to me - but then I'm no lawyer.
     
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    The main point here is your style and the new interpretation of the theme written earlier.
     
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    brit is right, non-lawyer or not...
     
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    Thanks guys, I appreciate it!
     

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