"What He Said" - and When it's Plagiarism
Before He Cheats - A Teacher Parody
Disclaimer: I am not an attorney and this is not intended to provide legal advice. I am presenting the facts that I found in my personal research.
What is Plagiarism?
Plagiarism by definition according to Dictionary.com is, "the unauthorized use or close imitation of the language and thoughts of another author and the representation of them as one's own original work and by not crediting the author."
Seems simple but it isn't just about copying words. It can be related to stealing another persons thoughts or ideas. Singers have been sued for stealing music. Writers have been convicted of plagiarizing themselves! Plagiarism can be related to paraphrasing or using too many references from a piece that could be considered copying another's work. Spinning an article is another form of plagiarism.
Advances in technology have made it nearly impossible for plagiarism to go undetected but it happens in many ways. Copying and pasting makes it extremely easy for anyone to fabricate a document and as long as laws are made - there will be people willing to break them.
So "What He Said" has already been said and if you say it again - you need to quote the original source.
My Sweet Lord
He's So Fine - The Chiffons
Famous Plagiarism Cases
George Harrison released a song titled, "My Sweet Lord" on January 15, 1971, his first solo single. A month later Bright Tunes filed a suit against Harrison claiming he had plagiarized the music from a song released by The Chiffons in 1962, "He's So Fine." The case was taken to trial, heard and the judge ruled against Harrison. The Judge called it subconscious plagiarism and fined Harrison $587,000.00.
Martin Luther King, Jr., plagiarized his doctoral dissertation and has also been accused of plagiarizing portions of his famous, "I Have a Dream" speech among other documents.
Shakespeare has been accused of plagiarism although it is not clear.
My personal favorite is Melissa Elias, former New Jersey School Board President. Apparently she didn't have time to write her own speech so she used Anna Quindland's speech when she won her Pulitzer Prize to "inspire" her. I bet she was surprised to hear that speech had already been given - and written by somebody else. Elias was giving her speech to the graduating class at Madison High School. I am sure it was unforgettable.
(When you find them...make sure they are your own!)
- Where Are The Words
A poem about writers block.
You Are Plagiarizing When.......
- you copy someone else's work word for word
- you change an authors words around
- you steal someone's idea and pretend it was your own
- you 'forget' to use those quotation marks!
- you 'forget' to cite your sources
- you use someone's music and/or change the words
You Can Plagiarize Yourself!
Fellow hubber barbergirl28 made a commitment to do an extreme exercise challenge called P90X by Tony Horton. She also write's about her progress each day. She wrote an introduction explaining the routine and found that she was unknowingly plagiarizing herself! Even though she wrote the words - she found out that she could not use those exact same words each day.
If you have done a term paper in college and saved it for future reference and turned it in again for another assignment - plagiarism! You just plagiarized yourself. Here's a good rule of thumb - if you have written it once - you can't write it again and call it new.
Do it yourself guide!
- How To....
The 5 W's of journalistic style of writing - who, what, when, where, why and how. The best stories have interesting characters striving against great odds to achieve a worthwhile goal.
Just make something up....don't plagiarize!
- If You Aren't Able To Say Something Nice...
We all have encountered a moment at one time or another when faced with saying something nice or not nice. This article offers some suggestions to get out of a jam.
How to Avoid Plagiarism
Here's a novel idea - write your own work, using your own words and ideas!
If you are not sure that you wrote what you are getting ready to publish - you can put your work through a free online checker that I have linked below.
It is also a great idea to put your work through the online checker to see if anyone else is copying your work. The internet has made it so easy for this to occur.
If you think that your work has been plagiarized, I have linked "Report Plagiarism Now" which explains in detail the steps you can take to protect your work.
Consequences for plagiarism could be expulsion from a college or university. Criminal prosecution, fines, community services, jail time in addition to possibly facing a civil case.
"If you steal from one author it's plagiarism; if you steal from many it's research." ~ Wilson Mizner
- Plagiarism Checker. Free Plagarism Detector. Online Duplicate Check.
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- Report Plagiarism & Get Plagiarism Detection Services & Strategies for Avoiding Plagiarism
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