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The Words Don't Belong to You

Updated on May 15, 2017
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The Words

A great movie!
A great movie! | Source
A story within a story.
A story within a story. | Source
He rewrote the manuscript into his laptop.
He rewrote the manuscript into his laptop. | Source
The old man in conversation with the Bradley Cooper.
The old man in conversation with the Bradley Cooper. | Source
While they sat and talked  in the park.
While they sat and talked in the park. | Source
The old man followed the published author.
The old man followed the published author. | Source
A great discovery.
A great discovery. | Source
A secret he had to eventually reveal.
A secret he had to eventually reveal. | Source

Don't copy someone else's work

Write your own words

Words are not meaningful when taken from someone else’s book, and know that from my own experiences.

My articles were stolen and re-published on other sites and I let go of those bad experiences

I watched the movie ''The Words'' and found this to be an issue for many people via Internet.

Some people enjoy stealing the works of others,

· A writer played by Bradley Cooper, is thrilled to have the book on the market but was that his work published so freely?

His girlfriend is amazed by her boyfriend's writing talent.

While working as a mail supervisor at a literary agency he goes on to get this book published there.

There a line of rejections those made him feel like a failure to him.

Bradley Cooper acts out as Rory Jansen who feels the need to make something of him. To show worthiness to his girlfriend played by Zoe Saldana, as Dora.

The couples eventually married after living together for quite some time. The girlfriend Dora had admired an old briefcase in an antique store and had to buy it for Rory.

After the many trials of having his book rejected he accidentally finds a manuscript in the bought briefcase.

The character in this manuscript is called Jack. Bradley Cooper acting as Rory takes charge and rewrites every word of the manuscript into his computer.

Sometime later after a brief misunderstanding between the girlfriend Dora and Rory, Dora sees the manuscript and reads every word with a great surprise.

She had no idea her boyfriend had such a talent in writing.

Dora was excited of Rory's talent in writing a novel and shares the moment of excitement together. She insisted he publish the novel at his workplace.

Željko Ivanek acts as Joseph Cutler, the publisher who at work had forgotten about the manuscript but finally gets to read it and was impressed with the ''work'' of Rory.

A manuscript in the hands of another to be published but not his own work.

· The manuscript is accepted and Rory becomes the famous writer.

While Rory continues to read the details of the second part of the book he encountered an old man.

The old man followed Rory after noticing the book in the window of a store.

He sat down on a bench in New York City's Central Park and started a conversation with Rory.

The man played by Jeremy Irons reveals himself actual the author of the novel.

The whole story is then told by the old man to Rory.

He rightfully explains the story as it is looked at in his life from a young boy. The story goes on from the last days of World War the second.

Nora Arnezeder acting as Celia was the wife of the old man as Ben Barnes and he continued to tell the story of how he met his wife when in his younger days.

They had a baby girl who died after birth.

The traumatic experience allowed for Celia to go to her parent's home for a while. The old man started writing the novel once Celia went to her family's home.

The loss of their child was too much to bear for him and her.

Ben Barnes took the time to write when he felt alone and broken apart.

He went to visit Celia at her parent's home and showed her the story that he wrote from his heart. Celia was moved by the novel and returned to her husband.

While on the train back home she forgot to take back with her the briefcase from the above compartment. Due to this incident they sadly divorced.

The true writer of the novel who told his story so intently to Rory had to reveal it all.

The creation of the novel came about from his life experiences and while he was hurting from the loss of the baby and from his marriage.

At first the truth about how the novel came about was told to Dora the wife of Rory and then to the publisher Cutler.

Rory had the idea of crediting the old man for his work but Cutler did not like that idea.

To give the old man a share of the earnings was not going to be part of their decision.

I enjoyed the movie ''The Words,'' it was told with such brilliance.

It does open one mind to writing.

The people chosen for this movie did a fantastic job acting out their roles and they were so well-suited.

The story within a story was told to perfection.

I was entertained from the beginning and followed with great interest.

The characters are among my favorite and with a lot of thought here with each role.

The manuscript did not belong to Rory and he did not deny that to the writer himself.

He wanted the writer to have a fair share of the profits but the old man refused to take the money.

Instead he wanted forgiveness from his wife.

A masterpiece told with a lot of emotions and with a twist too.

You can think and wonder more about the story told within the story.

I recommend you watch the movie ''The Words,'' if have not yet watched it.

A struggling writer who became famous with a novel he did not put pen and paper to.

He stole another man's manuscript and made it his own.

This film is about a young struggling writer who makes it big with a manuscript that he did not write.

A dishonest act and a unique combination of words used indeed.

I don't want to tell you more than I have already mentioned here. Find out about the rest of the movie for yourself.

I write to share my interests with my readers. My work is important to me and others if necessary.

Some writers think they can steal the works of others and call it their own. I prefer to write from the heart.

Certain moments can make you feel great about yourself and when you achieve the best you want to share it with readers.

Your goals can be met easily.

Writing may not be for everyone only if you are patient you will see progress.

A writer writes from experiences and with great intentions.

The littlest moments you want to write about to keep as a memory.

Be alert and know what you want from writing before you decide to publish your work. Above all, publish your own thoughts it makes more sense and writing can be more interesting.

· Plagiarism is not allowed!

· Don't publish what you did not write.

It is like he struck gold with the find of the manuscript but the guilt remained within knowing it was not his very own work.

The losses that none could face up to.

You too would feel guilty if you stole another person's manuscript and made it your own, and had it published.

· If you had a shortcut to achieving your goal would you go for it?

Sometimes you are not able to meet up with all goals and the one you really want can be far- fetched.

Don’t publish what you have no idea of and what does not belong to you.

The choices you make have to be lived by and once your mind is made up no one can take that away from you.

To live with that decision for the rest of your life must be a challenging one.

Learn more about plagiarism

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My work means a lot to me

Writing has opened my mind to many avenues.
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      sujaya venkatesh 2 years ago

      well said

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Great hub DDE, I so want to see this movie. It sounds wonderful and teaches a good lesson. Voted up.

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      Word 2 years ago from Chicago

      Hi Devika, It's best to only take credit for what you have done. Stealing is a violation of God's command "though shalt not bear false witness and etc. Don't people know that God is watching them and that He will judge them later? Thank you for such a great story :-)

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Very important message said very effectively!

      What's the point of writing and publishing someone else's work! Don't these people feel guilty!

      Very well conveyed! Thanks for sharing!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Some thieves pose as writers and get away with it. Real writers don't have the time or the desire to steal. Thanks for dealing with this topic.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      There is no stopping those who will cheat for their own advantage. I have multiple articles stolen, but I choose to let it go. I am a writer, and my spare time needs to be spent writing and not tracking down the bad guys. :)

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      Rachael O'Halloran 2 years ago from United States

      DDE, you have hit on a subject close to my heart. I'm writing an article now about how someone put their own words to someone else's music. I think your hub and video are invaluable to readers.

      So, if it is alright with you, I want to link to your article when I am done, so that readers come here from my article. This work is spot on with exactly what people do when copying, and your example of the movie The Words was a great vehicle to explain the process.

      The Plagarism video you featured has all the elements even though it was made with schoolwork in mind, it can still be applied to ANYONE who copies - remixing, mashups, hybrids and paraphrasing (the bane of my existence when my work is copied!).

      Thank you for contributing to the copyright community with this article.

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      jtrader 2 years ago

      I want to watch that movie, although as a writer I may get annoyed at some parts.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      I think I have seen that movie the way you described it. At one time we published a spiritual book from an author who we suspected had not written the book after we received several emails. He was also very demanding and rude in his emails and his writing was very different, bad English and many spell errors. We stopped promoting the printed book after three weeks, when we discovered that it was his mother, who was diseased, that had written the manuscript. That author was not able to endorse the book himself, so we returned the print rights.

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      William Leverne Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Thanks for sharing this important information! ;-)

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      I have seen that movie as well and really enjoyed it. I'm sorry you has that experience with your hubs. It is very frustrating.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      sujaya venkatesh thank you.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Jodah thank you for the vote up and your comments are always appreciated.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      word55 thank you kindly for stopping by.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      ChitrangadaSharan, thank you for sharing your wonderful thoughts here.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      MsDora thank you and so kind of you to come by.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      billybuc thank you

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi RachaelOhalloran you are most welcome to link this hub to your article. I watched the movie and felt the need to write more about it. I am so glad you came by here thank you very much for thinking about linking my hub.Have a good day of writing.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      jtrader thank you.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hello Nadine May, so glad you cam by and shared your experiences about another situation. Thank you

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Homeplace Series thank you kindly.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      FlourishAnyway you have a lovely pic. Thank you for stopping by.

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      Dave 2 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      Great subject to have chosen taking some one's images without permission or not using the correct licenses is bad enough ,but to take the work of somebody else is criminal. I use quotes and observations in many of my articles, but these are always from literature not under copyright or the name of the author is attributed. Good article that should make those who do such things feel very guilty,but I doubt it. Voted up,useful and interesting.

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      Michelle Liew 2 years ago from Singapore

      Yes, Devika. Plagiarism is a no-no!!! I was frustrated to have my articles copied. A dubious honor it is.

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      Sam Deal 2 years ago from Earth

      Thank you very much for sharing this! I'll have to borrow the DVD from somebody to watch

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      I'd never heard of this movie DD but certainly want to see it now.

      The underlying subject of this hub, stealing another's words, is certainly something we all live in fear of. Finally findng that successful hub or novel is a dream come true, someone stealing it is a nightmare!

      Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting, and shared.

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      CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      We hope those offenders read this but they are no different from sociopaths. They have no guilt, no remorse. Shame!

      Well, thank you for sharing. This is definitely on my watch list.

      Up and sharing.

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      Suzette Walker 2 years ago from Taos, NM

      This is so interesting. I had heard of this movie and thank you for writing about it. The point made in the movie is so important in the publishing world. I want to see this - and I am glad it shows the world that plagarism is not the way to go. This movie sends a great message to all writers.

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      Kathleen Cochran 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      This is a fine review of an excellent movie. Anyone who writes will appreciate it. The thing I wrestled with in the movie is the likelihood that if Rory hadn't published that book (even though he shouldn't have done it under his own name) no one would have ever read those beautiful words. The old man didn't stop to think about that. For all he knew his work was lost forever. Instead, millions of people loved it. That would have never happened except for Rory. Someone else might have just thrown his pages away. In a perfect world, Rory would have at least shared credit with the old man as co-contributors to the story. Truth is: it took both of them to bring that story to the world. But, it goes against my grain to say that. Stealing is always wrong. Even if a great story never gets read.

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      Joshua Nyamache 2 years ago from Kenya

      Plagiarism isn’t allowed. Successful writers write from their heart. They write what they observe and what they experience. They write from their thoughts and they’re creative. I will watch that movie.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much for writing this review, Devika. I definitely want to see this movie!

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      D.A.L. you are so right. Feeling guilty is hardly it. Thank you for the votes and so kind of you to stop by have a pleasant day.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      midget38 thank you

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      DealForALiving so kind of you to come by here your presence is always appreciated thank you very much.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      tillsontitan Thank you for the votes. Your kindness and your comments are always appreciated.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      CrisSp thank you for all votes so kind of you to stop by and I hear you loud and clear.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      suzettenaples, ''The Words,'' is such a great message to all writers you said ot perfectly. Thank you.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Kathleen Cochran, stealing is definitely wrong and guilt plays with the mind if one feels that way. Thank you for sharing your comment here.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      AliciaC You got watch this movie to have a better idea of writing. Thank you for stopping by.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Nyamache, great idea to watch the movie to have a better idea about stealing someone's work. Thank you.

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 2 years ago from Lagos

      Interesting review! I would have loved the story to have ended with something tragic to show that plagiarism is a very bad thing.

      But you told this story with such awesomeness! A very fine review. I want to watch it now.

      You rock!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      I haven't seen this movie, but have heard interesting things about it--Thank you!!

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      That sounds like an amazing film! I really have to watch it now! and yes can you imagine someone doing that to your work? great review, and thoughts

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Devika, you made me want to see the Movie. I have had things stolen (i.e. work) first time was in a sewing class and my work, the teacher said it was the best and wanted to post it on the bulletin board. The next morning it was gone.

      If someone is dishonest enough to take someone else's work, they will seldom feel any guilt about it.

      I really must see the movie.

      Voted up UABI and shared.

      P.S. remember if someone steals your work, it must be good.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      ubanichijioke you got to watch the movie I did not tell you about the ending so you can have something more to see thank you for stopping by.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      AudreyHowitt thank you for stopping by

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Nell Rose so true and thank you for stopping by

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Shyron that is just it''remember if someone steals your work, it must be good.''I appreciate your voted up UABI and shared. Always something more to think about from your comments.

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      Colleen Swan 2 years ago from County Durham

      These copycats are unable to be creative. I remember the fledglings looking over my shoulder at school.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Colleen Swan thank you for stopping by here and I too remember those looking over my shoulder well said.

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      Suzanne Day 2 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      I think many writers at Hubpages will agree with you on this one - no one wants work stolen and we don't want to have to feel bad about this stuff either. I usually chase mine down for retribution in order to let go of my bad feelings. They say that plagiarisim is a form of flattery but it's hard to feel flattered when your artistic endeavours are copied. Voted useful.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Suzanne Day thank you for the vote useful I appreciate your comments at my hubs.

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      Marlene Bertrand 2 years ago from Northern California, USA

      One of the reasons I stopped writing is because I kept seeing my work plagiarized. I just simply got tired of it. It seems there will always be people who can't make it on their own, so they steal from others in an attempt at success. Little do they know, they will never be successful on someone else's back. Very nice review of the movie, "The Words". I want to see that movie now.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Devika, excellent work! Most of us here on HP know how it feels to have our work stolen. We put a little of ourselves into our work, it's a tough thing to see them published under someone else's name. So many of my stuff have been stolen, it would be far too time consuming to fight them all.

      I'll be looking out for the movie. Take care and my best to you.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi MarleneB, So glad you came by here and I too had that experience of my work being stolen from me. I let it be. Thank you for sharing your views at my hubs.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi tobusiness Thank you for stopping by and you got to watch the movie to know more. All my best to you.

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      Michelle Liew 2 years ago from Singapore

      Never meaningful when we copy, Devika! Well said.

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      Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

      I want my words to appear in print someday but I want them to be mine and not someone else's. Plagiarists are criminals, pure and simple. Great hub!

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      midget38 thank you

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Mel Carriere thank you

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      ocfireflies 2 years ago from North Carolina

      Very important subject. Thank you for this valuable information.

      Kim

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Kim so glad you shared your views here thank you very much.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 2 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Well said Devika. A writer is one who does not plagiarize, if he does he is a thief.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi rajan jolly thank you for stopping by.

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      Cherylann Mollan 2 years ago from India

      Thanks DDE for highlighting this movie, it's something most writers will relate to. And so rightly said, stealing words and phrases never helps one's cause because experience is subjective and language, fluid. I once read a quote by Wordsworth, which has stuck with me ever since. He said, "Poetry (writing) is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feeling." And only when you write with this feeling can you create something honest, moving and truly wonderful.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Cherylann Mollan the quote mentioned here says it all thank you for commenting.

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      Harish Mamgain 2 years ago from India

      Another interesting hub from you and the way you told about plagiarism while narrating story of a relevant film " The Words" made a great read. I think people stealing the works of others are brazen and are no less than kidnappers and looters. Voted up.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Harishprasad when I watched the movie I knew I had to write about after all writing online can be so unpredictable. Thank you very much for commenting on my hubs and I appreciate the vote up.

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      Shyron E Shenko 17 months ago from Texas

      Devika, I came back to re-read this very interesting hub. As I said before, you made me want to see the Movie. I have had things stolen (i.e. work) first time was in a sewing class and my work, the teacher said it was the best and wanted to post it on the bulletin board. The next morning it was gone.

      If someone is dishonest enough to take someone else's work, they will seldom feel any guilt about it.

      I really must see the movie.

      Blessings to you my friend

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      Devika Primić 17 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Shyron E Shenko I too had my work stolen a few years ago. My personal experiences allow me to share more of what I know would affect other writers at some point. Thank you for stopping by again.Have a great week.

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