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Victoria Balva is one of the most successful Ukrainian-born designers in stained glass art in North America. She founded her own brand and modern production design cycle  well-known for innovative stained glass design and fabrication. Victoria is one of the most followed contemporary glass artists. There is an ugly side of wide recognition: a lot of copyright infringement cases, plagiarism and substantial copies that are developed by various craftsmen and craft companies around the world.

Some companies claim that they work under Victoria Balva Glass Studio‘s licence while, in fact, this is not true. Victoria Balva Glass Studio is a unique art practice under a leadership of the professionally trained and experienced architectural glass artist Victoria Balva that engages a few very talented assistants. The studio implements a very complex process of art glass development and employs hi-tech machinery resulting in the best-spoke custom-designed glass products. Victoria Balva Glass Studio was featured by leading publishers such as The Wall Street Journal, The Globe and Mail, National Post

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Copyright is a law that gives the owner of a work the right to say how other people can use it. Copyright laws make it easier for authors to make money by selling their works. It is one part of a group of laws about intellectual property. It helps the authors to be protected from being re-copied of their works without permission and/or re-copying their works for commercial purpose. Authors automatically own the copyright to any work they make or create, as long as they do not give the copyright to someone else.

With copyright, a work can only be copied if the owner gives permission. If someone copies a work without permission, the owner can say they infringed their copyright. When this happens, the owner may sue for the amount that should have been paid. The copyright law in Canada will protect the authors and their heirs for 50 years since the first day of the authors’ deaths.

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Plagiarism is the “wrongful appropriation” and “stealing and publication” of another author’s “language, thoughts, ideas, or expressions” and the representation of them as one’s own original work. Plagiarism refers to using some other person’s ideas and information without acknowledging that specific person as the source.  In precise words, plagiarism is an act of fraud. It involves both stealing someone else’s artwork and lying approximately it in a while

Plagiarism is considered academic dishonesty and a breach of journalistic ethics. It is subject to sanctions such as penalties, suspension, expulsion from school or work, substantial fines and even incarceration.  

Plagiarism is not in itself a crime, but like counterfeiting fraud can be punished in a court for prejudices caused by copyright infringement, violation of moral rights, or torts. Plagiarism is a serious ethical offense. Plagiarism and copyright infringement overlap to a considerable extent, but they are not equivalent concepts.

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Copyright infringement

Copyright infringement (also referred to as piracy) is the use of works protected by copyright law without permission for a usage where such permission is required, thereby infringing certain exclusive rights granted to the copyright holder, such as the right to reproduce, distribute, display or perform the protected work, or to make derivative works. The copyright holder is typically the work’s creator, or a publisher or other business to whom copyright has been assigned. 

Copyright infringement disputes are usually resolved through direct negotiation, a notice and take down process, or litigation in civil court. Shifting public expectations, advances in digital technology, and the increasing reach of the Internet have led to such widespread, anonymous infringement.

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substantial copy

Generally, making a substantial copy means copying a considerable or significant part of something. Substantial copying simply refers to more than just copying. The term substantial copy is often used in the context of Intellectual property. Substantial copy is a copy of a full, important, significant, or considerable amount of any work. The unauthorized reproduction of a substantial part of an original work constitutes copyright infringement, for which a copyright owner can seek various remedies. 

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