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Copyright VS Plagiarism
Had to remember a few things
Due to technology of today and the availability of the Internet, people are posting their work all over the place. Most hope of making a little money as well as getting out the information they have stored in their heads. When it is found that someone has apparently copied your work, naturally you get upset. Who wouldn’t?
In the course of the last few days I’ve had to re-learn a few things regarding Copyright and the long ago forgotten word Plagiarism. It’s been years since I’ve used that word, let alone remember what it meant. Well that’s not entirely fair, I’ve always known what it meant, just that it was stored in the back of my brain cells for a while.
Let’s define both;
Copyright Infringement - Copyright is a statutory or common law right of authors, artists, and developers (or other holders of a copyright) to publish their works, and to prevent others from copying their works. Infringement includes the unauthorized or unlicensed copying of a work subject to copyright. For example, Title 17 of the U.S. Code (which pertains to copyrights) defines the exclusive rights of copyright holders. There are also several provisions which create crimes for copyright infringement.
- plagiarism - definition of plagiarism by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.
Definition of plagiarism in the Online Dictionary. Meaning of plagiarism. Pronunciation of plagiarism. Translations of plagiarism. plagiarism synonyms, plagiarism antonyms. Information about plagiarism in the free online English dictionary and encycl
Plagiarism 1 and 2 definitions
1. Plagiarism Definition - Literary theft. Plagiarism occurs when a writer duplicates another writer's language or ideas and then calls the work his or her own. Copyright laws protect writers' words as their legal property. To avoid the charge of plagiarism, writers take care to credit those from whom they borrow and quote.
2. plagiarism - the act of plagiarizing; taking someone's words or ideas as if they were your own
There is an obvious difference between the two. If someone copies your work in it’s entirety then that would be copyright infringement. If someone copies your idea (such as your title, your url (in it’s entirety as well as adding 1 letter or number), and your sub-titles then that would be plagiarism. Sometimes even just taking someones idea can make it plagiarism, so thinking long and hard about what you write would be a good idea.
This is in regards to writing here on HubPages, either way it is illegal or unethical.
Give proper credit
As a writer I find it unacceptable to copy someone else’s work, I find my own ideas and run with them. If for some reason I like someone else’s work and wish to quote them, then I must give credit where credit is due. I will have their name placed by the quote, or even a link to where you could find their work.
It doesn’t take much to commit Plagiarism, a mere 6 words used or copied can be considered Plagiarism, if you don’t give the proper credit due to the Author/writer.
The two - Copyright infringement and Plagiarism are closely related yet very different, in a court of law. Some examples of the difference may be found here -
How to avoid Plagiarism. When quoting someone else’s works use quotations, put their name after the quote. This way there is no question that it is not your work. If using a title or idea that does not belong to you, the best bet would be to STOP and re-think what you are doing.
Is it worth termination?
Plagiarism can be followed to your work place and often is. If your boss discovers that you are committing plagiarism you will most likely be terminated from your job. If you are using a website, this too can be flagged. Particularly if you are trying to earn income from your work. Isn’t it just easier to come up with your own work rather than copy someone else’s?
Would you rather go down in history as a good writer rather than a writer who can’t write? If writing is too much of a task for you and you find that you have no good ideas of your own, you might want to head to your local hamburger joint and put in an application. I’m sure that they could use your good copying skills at flipping burgers!
Don't interrupt someone's creativity!
There is one other thing that you might wish to remember when ‘borrowing’ someone else’s material. Copyright Infringement is against the law and you can be sued for it. Plagiarism is more of an ethical matter, but if it interferes with the creativity of the person from which you are ‘borrowing’, it can be a matter for the Courts.
Are you willing to risk this? Lawsuits, loss of income from work, high cost of Attorney fees. Then to top it all the loss of your good name, because if you should commit Plagiarism or Copyright Infringement, your name will surely be dragged through the mud.
What you can do as a reader
If you have noticed I have not copied or used anyone else’s work without giving proper due. In each instance I have provided links where each of the words may be found.
If you should by chance come across something that you know has been written by someone else, please notify the original writer of this. We as readers need to help others in protecting the writers. If each and every writer were to stop writing, can you imagine the boring world we would live in? The thoughts and ideas of those wonderful writers out there keep our world just a little more lively!
LillyGrillzit's Link - Read!!!
- Cyber-Crime - How to Help Administrators and Authorities Stop It!
I will explain in simple terminology, and have left links for taking steps to recover your Intellectual Property, Turn in a Fraud, Stop Internet Criminals, and make the Internet a friendlier place. The main...
Do your part!
Remember Be Kind - use your own words, your own ideas. One day you may be put into a position to help a writer out! Or vice versa - they make be in a position to help you out!
If you should come across someone that has committed copyright infringement upon you, you should check out this wonderful Hub from Lillygrillzit titled "Cyber-Crime - How to Help Administrators and Authorities Stop It!".