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Copyright & Plagiarism

What is plagiarism? Many people think of plagiarism as copying another’s work, or borrowing some else’s original ideas. But terms like “copying” and borrowing” can disguise the seriousness of the offense. 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.

 This information is taken from the website: www.plagiarism.org
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 What is copyright? Copyright is the legal term that describes the rights given to the original creator of literary and/or artistic ideas or works. This includes works such as poems, novels, computer software programs, films (e.g. DVDs), musical compositions (e.g. CDs), paintings, and pictures. For additional copyright information, visit http://www.copyright.gov.

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