Legal aspects

Legal questions on intertextual mistakes, suspected plagiarism and plagiarism

Many teachers and higher education institutions have questions about the legal situation and the legally correct handling of intertextual errors, suspected plagiarism and plagiarism. In many cases, teachers and institutions express the need for information about the legal framework of their actions and the need to be able to better avoid ("unintentional") improper actions.

In addition to the legal basis, the regulations, statutes and resolutions of the respective university are decisive for action. Contact points for binding information are the respective local legal offices.

The material below also offers a supplementary insight and an exemplary review of case law in Germany. It is intended to help clarify questions, reduce uncertainties and make judicial decision-making practice and argumentation transparent.

Court decisions in Germany on "plagiarism in science and scholarship"

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Collection of court decisions with categories and keywords for import into a reference manager: