is academic plagiarism popular

China
May 1, 2008 7:51pm CST
authors of what should be unique articles peer over at their colleague's work .perhaps they are looking for inspiration, but more likely, they are stealing ideas and using these ideas as their own. it appears from this picture that everyone is guity of this crime;there is no start or finish to the cycle of plagiarism
3 responses
@tthom64 (535)
• United States
2 May 08
I recently heard a funny quote that sums it up: If you copy from one person, it's plagiarism; If you copy from many sources, it's a well researched article. Hahaha. So true. If you think of all the papers you had to write in school, the work wasn't really your own, you just quoted other authors and added some wording around that. As long as you used many sources, it was considered golden.
• United States
2 May 08
I don't know about popular, but I know it's illegal and immoral. Plagiarism is a bad idea, it's lazy and promotes stupidity. I see it here as well. People steal subject titles then change a few words and make it their own post. I strongly recommend against it. There are plenty of places to come up with your own ideas, why steal someone else's? I have never stolen anything from anyone, let alone thoughts or ideas. Good subject.
@bjcyrix (6857)
• Philippines
2 May 08
Yeah, I totally agree with you. I guess no one really knows where the fine line between plagiarism and inspiration rests. But how d you realy define palgiarism? In schools more often thatn not classmates copy of off their other classmates homework. The answer is also found in the textbook. Most student will just copy off that. IS that already plagiarism? All books have copyright and so is it plagiarism to photocopy these books and keeping the copy to themselves without the permission of the author/s? In these situations it is really very vague and unless there is a clear cut evidence of plagiarism like copying someone else's intellectual property verbatim, I dont hintk plagiarim can be proved. Now, ost especially when people have almost the same ideas, and there are opinions that are almost the same butI gues the key there is 'almost'. Why just copy off when you cna make your own. Perhaps, take something off for ispiration and properly credit the individual or organization where you got the idea from.right?^_^