Why Plagiarism is a Serious Issue

Understanding plagiarism
You will be tempted to perceive plagiarism as a minor form of getting ‘inspired’ in corporate or artistic terms. If so, it is of primary importance to understand the concept of plagiarism in its true sense. Avoiding plagiarism is not just about following a set of rules; it is more about understanding its ethical implications. Online checkers will overwhelm you with hundreds of ingenious ways to avoid plagiarism from probably thousands of sources. Using quotations or rephrasing might extend your flight by some distance, but that’s not what you want to do on a long-term basis. Just when that flight of yours takes a free fall, you realise that although you chose different words, you actually stole ideas and concepts.

Beating the checkers
Let’s say you are incredibly smart at rephrasing something written in the past. Best of all, online plagiarism checkers return nothing from the text you throw at them. You conjure up a mighty grin across your face! Is that a good to go? Not really. Although you reworded everything carefully in a fool-proof way, you are still stealing ideas and concepts from someone or an organisation. Not just that, if you represent an organisation, you are putting your own organisation’s reputation and hard-earned money at stake. For any organisation, lawsuits and settlements never come cheap. We are not even talking about software source codes, images, logos, or music. Just like the objects in the rear-view mirror are closer than they appear, so is the distance between plagiarism and getting sued for copyright violation. It almost sounds like an episode from “Destroyed in Seconds”. Just that the implications are worse than you can expect!

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Food for thought

  • It is not just your integrity, but your organisation’s as well. You might want to do the dollar calculations later!
  • You start copying an idea, you start losing your ingenuity and creativity.
  • Plagiarism not just harms each and every, it brings out the worst in you.