You've just read a great Hub.
You feel inspired.
You want to write on that very topic.
Then you think,
"I better not, that would be plagiarism!"
What it is and isn't.
Writing your 'take' on an 'already covered' topic is Not plagiarism.
Plagiarism is when you copy someone's work.
Not the topic, not even the facts, but someone else's work and slap your name on it.
Everyone of us can write a hub on a current political situation. But every hub should be different because each of us has our own point of view, our own style. Each of us brings something different to the page.
When one is dealing with factual events, one has very little play with dates and places and people. Yet how we perceive those dates and places and people, how we fit them into an essay is different.
Inspiration is when something inspires you to write. Hence reading this Hub you might decide to write your own but phrase it differently, focus on one aspect more than another, and move along to a different conclusion.
What it is
People who plagiarize don't do so accidentally.
They cut and paste an article and slap their name on it.
They know they've cut and pasted.
They know this is not their work.
They know they have stolen someone else's work.
But they steal it just the same.
Reading something that inspires you, that causes you to do your own research,
put together your own ideas, even though the title might be the same, the contents
would be different.
I might write about Tamerlane and so might you,
But our articles will be different because of how I put together my facts, how I
view Tamerlane, and how you do.
For us to write on the same topic is not plagiarism.
For one of us to copy the other's article, is.