Plagiarism Parody and Homage

A critical issue for writers to master is how to distinguish between plagiarism, parody, and homage. When is the usage of material legal, and when does it open you up to a lawsuit?

Here are a few key concepts to get you started in the complex world of referencing another person's material.

Plagiarism Basics
Plagiarism vs Homage
Parody vs Homage
Homage Examples
Legal Issues of Writing a Parody
Character Names and Homage

Note that I am not a lawyer, so if you are working on a book which has substantial references to another brand, product, or work, it would be wise for you to consult with a lawyer before that book gets published and seen by others.

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