- Vanilla Ice uses the baseline from Queen and David Bowie’s “Under Pressure”
- Louis Vuitton counterfeit bags
- Non-profit uses an image on their website that they found in a Google search and is contacted by Getty images to pay for
- Jason Blair of the NY Times made up or plagiarized in 36 of his 73 articles.
Plagiarism is the “wrongful appropriation” and “stealing and publication” of another author’s “language, thoughts, ideas, or expressions” and the representation of them as one’s own original work. Within academia, plagiarism by students, professors, or researchers is considered academic dishonesty or academic fraud, and offenders are subject to academic censure, up to and including expulsion. In journalism, plagiarism is considered a breach of journalistic ethics, and reporters caught plagiarizing typically face disciplinary measures ranging from suspension to termination of employment. Some individuals caught plagiarizing in academic or journalistic contexts claim that they plagiarized unintentionally, by failing to include quotations or give appropriate citation. While plagiarism in scholarship and journalism has a centuries-old history, the development of the Internet, where articles appear as electronic text, has made the physical act of copying the work of others much easier. (“Plagiarism”).
Plagiarism is the close imitation of another person’s ideas, words, language, and thoughts. A person who plagiarizes is representing them as their own original work. This is considered academic dishonesty or academic fraud and anyone who does it can be punished. Sometimes people claim that they plagiarized unintentionally, either by failing to use quotes or citations. The development of the Internet, where there are articles in electronic text, has made copying the text of others much easier.
Be Clear on Expectations
Every class and teacher may have different expectations for different assignments. Be sure you understand whether or not outside sources can be used or whether you can work with partners. If you're not sure, ask the teacher.