Is It Plagiarism? - Consequences of Plagiarizing
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Plagiarism and copyright infringement are not the same. Copyright infringement refers to copying someone else’s words directly without their knowledge or consent. Plagiarism refers to using someone else’s ideas and yet presenting the work as your own unique creation. Web sites, newspapers, educational institutions and all publications do not tolerate plagiarism.
But…what happens when you do it, anyway? What are the consequences of plagiarizing?
Plagiarism as a student, journalist, Webmaster or in any other capacity could destroy your reputation and create other problems for you professionally. Students who plagiarize, for instance, are likely to receive a failing grade on the assignment in particular and could even face expulsion from school. Journalists and writers are likely to lose their jobs and reputation if they are known to plagiarize, and Webmasters could face public recognition of a very negative sort.
There are many reasons you shouldn’t plagiarize, but one is more important than any other: you want to keep your own personal integrity intact.
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