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What is Plagiarism?

  • From "Plagiarism.org"
    According to the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, to "plagiarize" means

    to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own
    to use (another's production) without crediting the source
    to commit literary theft
    to present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source.
    In other words, plagiarism is an act of fraud. It involves both stealing someone else's work and lying about it afterward.


    But can words and ideas really be stolen?

    According to U.S. law, the answer is yes. The expression of original ideas is considered intellectual property, and is protected by copyright laws, just like original inventions. Almost all forms of expression fall under copyright protection as long as they are recorded in some way (such as a book or a computer file).

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