What is the English word or phrase used to describe who unfairly (tries to) claim, grab or receive rewards/benefits of work or efforts of others?.

  • Maybe you're talking about plagiarism?: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plagiarism More generally though, all those actions you described in your post can be easily covered by the single legal term copyright infringement: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copyright_infringement Commented Jul 10, 2018 at 20:48
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    @MichaelRybkin Those two are very different. Plagiarism is asserting others' intellectual work as your own without proper attribution/credit to the source (with or without the source's permission) while copyright infringement is reproducing a creative work without permission (with or without credit/attribution to the source). Posting a famous artist's song to YouTube and saying clearly who sung it is copyright infringement; paying someone else to write an essay for a course assignment that will be handed in with they payer's name is plagiarism.
    – WBT
    Commented Jul 11, 2018 at 1:09
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    Call him boss (pun intended!) :P
    – Maulik V
    Commented Jul 11, 2018 at 3:21

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One phrase is to take credit for something.

As manager, she felt it was her right to take all the credit for her employee's hard work.


Plagiary is the action of copying another person's ideas or work, without giving them credit.

This gives the verb "To plagiarise" and the agent noun "Plagiarist".

Ironically if I don't cite Michael Rykbin's answer-comment, this answer could make me a plagiarist.

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