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What is Plagiarism?

“There is nothing new under the sun.”

Usually this quote is applied to writing. Everything has been said and there is no story left to tell that has not been told. (I would argue differently, but that is for another blog post). However, I will argue that in today’s society we struggle with plagiarism on a larger scale than every before.

I am not going to spend a long time talking about what I think plagiarism is. Instead, I am opening it up to YOU — the bloggers of WordPress.

What is plagiarism? Is it something that can only happen in school or can it happen online too? Can a blogger plagiarize? Can an author plagiarize? Where does research meet plagiarizing? What are examples of plagiarizing?

In your own words and in your own examples, can you explain to me what you think plagiarism is?

Let me know what you think in the comments!

Fun Fact:

 Did you know the above quote actually originated from within the Bible? Ecclesiastes 1:9, “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again, there is nothing new under the sun.”

46 thoughts on “What is Plagiarism?”

    1. Plagiarism is when you take someone else’s work and use it as your own. For example, in my book, I sometimes incorporate outside scholarship, specifically quotes from Suzanne Collins’s books. However, if I were to include a quote “May the Odds be Ever in Your Favor” WITHOUT citing it with a citation (Collins, 4) then I would be stealing Collins’s work. As such I would be a thief and liable for being sued for taking someone else’s work without permission or citation. It is frowned upon in all academic circles and often negates the author’s credibility. Students can be expelled from their colleges for plagiarizing their papers and essays.

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      1. ohhhhhh! Thank you for explaining it to me 😃
        I think that it happens at times either on purpose or not, and that’s sad i guess.
        I remember that it happened to you with your content, i think that i wouldn’t be happy if someone did that to me. 😕

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        1. It is something that can happened accidentally but even when it happens accidentally, it should be fixed.
          It did happen to me, and I had never felt more betrayed or angry (although I have moved forward and amended the acquaintance with that blogger). Being plagiarized definitely gave me a perspective on the issue.

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  1. I once wrote a post (good morning, copycats!) when I saw one of my blog posts that someone plagiarized. I hate plagiarisers. They insult us writers. I can’t imagine struggling with writer’s block, putting two and two, then finally coming up with a blog post and some idle genius would just steal my work and claim ownership. It’s just not right

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    1. Wow that is not right! I’m sorry, I have been there and it is not a fun experience at all. Do you think there is anything we can do about plagiarism? It just seems to me that people are more okay and accepting of plagiarism now-a-days.

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      1. In the case of blog posts, someone suggested developers create themes that disallows copying and pasting, just like Wattpad. You can’t copy text from Wattpad. If they can’t lazily copy our posts from our sites to paste elsewhere, only few would take the liberty to type our work over again, thus reducing the rate of plagiarism.
        Even if we copyright our work, these idle people would still steal it. I think that’s why we’re more accepting of it these days. We’ve seemingly given up the fight.

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  2. If I write about a flying mouse that eats pizza and rescues children from bullies and someone else writes about a flying pig that eats vegan and rescues children from bullies…..That person would be stealing my work, another form of plagiarism.

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    1. I hate to say it but that is one of those blurry lines in plagiarism. After all, if they use entirely different prose and entirely different quotes, it would be hard to prove that their idea did not originate apart from yours. Now if they did so based on your story, it would be plagiarism, but how could you prove their intentions?

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      1. Very hard to prove. But some people that plagiarise are lazy and copy word for word. I would look at that first. As in my example, they could have had a similar idea, but Id look at the timing when my work came out and then theirs. I’d then read information on how to spot plagiarized work under the guise of being similar.

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        1. Very smart. It’s hard to spot plagiarism and then even harder to prove it and bring the perpetrator to justice. Sometimes people are unaware or accept their mistakes, but most time, people refuse. I’m bringing this topic up today because I think it’s important to spread awareness.

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  3. First of all I loved the opening quote ☺️☺️
    Plagiarism as per me is copying others idea, it can be copying notes, thoughts, anything that you are not legally authorised to do..
    As in case,we the WordPress users, we write our mind via blogs, people can steal our ideas, they can copy lines..I am young enough to speak,nor are my ideas that built up in front of experienced bloggers like you,but still to an extent,I feel people can copy us..

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  4. For me, plagiarism is when you copy and paste someone else’s work as your own, stealing their ideas. Someone I once knew once said something to me: “Take the Cinderella trope for example. You have a poor girl living with her evil family members, who gets a makeover and meets a rich handsome guy. Many authors has used that trope and written it in their own voices. As long as it is written in your own voice, would you consider that plagiarism?” I think if you’re going to take someone’s work and put it in your own, you should do the proper citations. I spent hours and days coming up with my writing and to have someone take it and use it for their own is wrong and disrespectful. You’ll just end up lying to yourself.

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    1. Very true! And that’s where the blurry line comes in! Can you take the Cinderella idea and make it your own? Yes! But you had better truly make it your own and not use someone else’s interpretation to do so

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      1. What are your views on fanfiction? I’ve read some fanfiction that takes the same plot as that of the original with a little bit of a spin on it. Would you consider that plagiarism?

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        1. It depends in my opinion. If someone is writing fan fiction simply for the joy of it AND they don’t plan to publish or make money off their work AND they clarify that it is a fan fiction AND they give credit to the original, I think it’s fine 🙂
          However, if they ever start to make money from it, they are infringing on the original’s rights.

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  5. Sadly, several bloggers have had this happen to them, one to the point of the other person copying & pasting entire pieces and claiming them her own. Awful. I really don’t understand the need to take something that isn’t yours to begin with. 😕

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