In the Graphic industry
Counterfeiting money is against the law and if found or using counterfeit money major charges will be against you. If found with counterfeit money you will have 20 years in jail time and a 1,000 fine.
Plagiarism is taking someone else work without their permission and calling it yours. In graphic design if you plagiars someone else work, and you can be given a lawsuit for steeling someone else work.
Signing for the rights
When sighing a contract for any type of copyright slip you will have use of the product for 14 years to make any profits but after 14 years gone by the product will be out their for free usage.
What's the point of copyright?
The primary purpose of copyright law is not so much to protect the interests of the authors/creators, but rather to promote the progress of science and the useful arts—that is—knowledge. To accomplish this purpose, copyright ownership encourages authors/creators in their efforts by granting them a temporary monopoly, or ownership of exclusive rights for a specified length of time. However, this monopoly is somewhat limited when it conflicts with an overriding public interest, such as encouraging new creative and intellectual works, or the necessity for some members of the public to make a single copy of a work for non profit, educational purposes. You will be learning more about how this works in the next modules.