Remember Kavya Vishwanathan? The 18 year old undergraduate of Harvard University who with her plagiarized novel “How Opal Mehta Got Kissed,Got Wild and Got a Life” had her moment of fame. Only a moment of fame but years of defamation and disrepute! When her offence came into light, not only did the further publishing of her novel came to a stop but plans for her second book were also reduced to ashes. Yes it was plagiarism that turned Kavya’s much talked about novel into a farce. Initially every book store was flooded with copies of her book with young readers buying her novel.
But as quoted by a Spanish poet Marcus Valerius Martials–“My books need no one to accuse or judge you: the page which is yours stands up against you and says, “You are a thief.” The truth had to come in the open.
Kavya’s case is not the only one of its kind. In recent times plagiarism has become a serious and common problem. It is rampant not only in literature but in many other fields. If there is a problem, there has to be an effective solution to it. Perhaps, like any other crime there should be a penalty for this offence.

A new concept—Copyright Infringement, is picking up in the society which deals with violation of others’ rights. What if Charles II of England had not been concerned by the unfair copying of ideas and had not brought the word copyright in this world? Probably there would have been hundreds claiming credit that they did not deserve. If the concept of copyrighting was coined to let people protect their original ideas, the concept of copyright Infringement has become even more significant.

Copyright Infringement literally means violation of the rights of original copyright owners and making unauthorized use of their ideas. The law imposes many penalties like monetary damage for copyright infringement .The penalty depends on the seriousness of the offence. In certain cases of infringement the infringer is viewed as a serious criminal.

There have been raging debates on this issue but all in vain. Also, despite of laws for such violations, the graph of copyright infringement is on a rise. It’s time for the judiciary to think of remedial measures for the culprits.

The issues discussed above might not seem a serious crcime to everybody. Of course, plagiarism and copyright infringement do cause physical harm but is killing of one’s creativity not an ethical crime?

Suhani Dewra