Plagiarism is a serious offense and is an act of fraud. It involves both stealing someone’s work and lying about it. Plagiarism is to steal the words of another person and use it as your own. Plagiarism is to use another person’s production without crediting the source. Plagiarism is to commit literary theft. Most forms of expression fall under copyright protection as long as it’s recorded in some way.
What is considered as plagiarism:
- Identifying someone’s work as your own
- Failing to put a quotation in quotation marks
- Giving incorrect information about the source of a quotation
- Copying words from someone else without giving credit
- Changing words but copying the sentence structure of a source
Most cases can be avoided by citing sources. By acknowledging that the material has been borrowed, and providing the source, is usually enough to prevent plagiarism.
Can Words and Ideas be stolen?
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 written down). Using an image, video or piece of music in a work you have produced without receiving proper permission or providing appropriate citation is plagiarism.