Suppose you read in USAToday of an amazing response to a corporate
leadership book written by the CEO of a large defense corporation that
everyone's heard of, and that it's sold more than a quarter million copies.
Suppose further that one of the points of this book strikes a chord that
prompts you to look through stuff you've collected over the years, and
you find a book given you by one old mentor with almost exactly the same
title (it's geared to the engineer, not the manager). It's an obscure
book--thin, written during the last big war.
You look inside and all, yes, all the points are virtually the same (the
occasional dash replaced with a colon), and, though you don't have the
CEO's book, you can see that the ideas are basically the same, the
number of points made is the same, and the points themselves are the same.
Is this plagiarism, and is it copyright infringement?
[this has happened: not to me but to a friend...]