Plagiarism – Defination
Plagiarism is an act of using someone’s ideas, words, creations without his or her consent and/or without giving him credits (properly). Copying and claiming else’s ideas and presenting them as your own work also comes under the same hood. In academic realm, the act of stealing, borrowing, or copying someone’s work to decieve your tutor (examiner) is called plagiarism.
You can take this plagiarism quiz (given with PDF and full answers) to understand what is plagiarism in academics.
But, what we don’t know: every single day it is growing at an exponential rate. At the time of writing this article, the battle against academic plagiarism is heating up in Nigeria leaving thousands of scholars stunned.
It was not certain for many years if academic plagiarism is common in poorer countries just similar to the richer ones. But the recent survey has proven it wrong. Now, when Indian government has also announced to use Turnitin to check Ph D thesis, the debate is live again.
An important thing to understand here (and the purpose of writing this article is very clear). How students, teachers, companies and creative people see plagiarism.
Plagiarism from a Student’s Eye
Where plagiarism is a crime for many of us, students see plagiarism as a headache. According to a recent survey, 95% of the students cheat accidentally or unintentionally once or more in their academic life.
More unintentional plagiarism comes by using free tools available online which claim themselves as the lifesavers. Where a big chunk of students want to bypass such plagiarism tests and thus perform illegal activities
Plagiarism for A Professor
Most of the professors stay very serious about content copying. Some are very strict (as someone wrote on Quora) about it as they think it can be the biggest crime a student can do in his academic career.
However, this is not the case everywhere. At many places, professors also take plagiarism lightly and students suffer later.
Plagiarism for Creative Artists (Bloggers, Song Writers, Movie Makers etc)
Where in everyday lives, we hear mostly about academic plagiarism, a big number of cases now are coming from creative domains.
Recently, Ed Sheeran sued for plagiarism where he allegedly copied large parts of Marvin Gaye’s classic “Let’s Get It On”. (Please check the authenticity before circulating the news)
This is more serious where the copying creator is not very popular. Things which are available online in the form of blogs and websites are easy to catch; but how about the paintings.
There are millions of fake images are circulating over the interent where thousands of tunes are manipulated to make new ones. One song played in your country might be a stolen piece of music from a different language and without even the permission of the creator.
Plagiarism for Companies
Companies are fighting the hardest battles against content theft. from products and documentations, to the content published online. PUBG creators file a lawsuit over the game Fortnite, Spotify reached $112 million settlement.
DMCA and other protection rules are not implemented in all parts of the world which is a big concern. Further, Torrent websites are the easiest source of circulated pirated content. Where companies try very hard, it doesn’t seem very easy to deal with plagiarism.
What do you understand by Plagiarism?
It will be illegal to reduce the intensity of the term “Plagiarism” by defining it as a plain content theft. Plagiarism is a psychology which is far dangerous. Stealing ideas, copying content and circulating without permission.
Just like a claptomanic person who feels pleasure in stealing goods, a plagiarist also suffers with the same mentality.
I must admit, I don’t think robbery is bad in every case, but plagiarism is. It is dangerous and it kills creativity.