If I change 7 things is it ok to copy something?

This is a very dangerous and common myth. For example the test for copyright infringement is whether the alleged infringing piece reproduces the whole, or a substantial part, of the work. The test for this is qualitative not quantitative. Therefore, if someone copies what may only be a small amount of the work, but qualitatively speaking that part is a substantial part of the author’s skill and labour, they will be infringing.

Furthermore, someone may reproduce a work in a completely different form but still infringe. For example, a written story in a book could be infringed by someone creating a picture board of that narrative. Two totally different expressions – but one would still infringe the other.

Last update on 28.09.11 by the ACID Team.

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