Plagiarism it’s a vice of a modern world.
It has spread among students, journalists, doctors, writers. Generally plagiarism is a theft.
In the 1974 Larry Tesler made one of the most controversial breakthrough in the history of the journalism, he invents 2 new computer manipulations which were created to facilitate writing. Their names were “copy-paste” and “cut-paste” or “ctrl c – ctrl v” like they are well known today. A lot of people nowadays are arguing about this invention, on the one hand it’s fast and simple way to copy and paste necessary text from one place to another, on the other this invention marked the beginning of the plagiarism era.
Generally plagiarism exists not only in the world of journalism, this problem densely populated in the science world. Actually borrowing process took place over many years in different spheres, and our ancestors walked the path of the least resistance. For example a lot of words were borrowed from one to another language, but this is not a insignificantly problem, because people sometimes need to borrow such things like new words, at least in order to understand each other. Problem is borrowing of copy wrights, thing in which the borrowing is not available, because it infringes the rights of the copyright holder. Borrowing of treatise damages the copy wrights of wright holder, because the person who borrows using the writing for his own purposes and issuing them for his own, without making any effort. Injustice is that general meaning of any scientific creation is a scientific novelty, and plagiarism is just copying other people’s material without any novelty.
A lot of world-famous persons were caught plagiarizing. Even the Martin Luther King, Nobel price laureate borrowed a huge amount of material from another person, while writing the dissertation.
Nowadays wave of plagiarism hits schools and universities. If several years ago people were closing their eyes for plagiarism, because they barely hadn’t an opportunity to define plagiarism, but nowadays they become more attentive and observant, and checking for plagiarism may come as a surprise for a negligent student. There have been many surveys showing students’ attitudes toward plagiarism. The statistics is really frightening, it goes with nearly 90% of students at least once was copying from others, 46% of students are cheating regularly. The good thing is that nowadays this problem is not ignored, people try to solve it.
In science area this problem is very urgent, because according to the statistics 36% of scientific works all over the world have signs of plagiarism. There is a fine line between plagiarism and references to other’s ideas, especially when it comes to scientific works. It would be better to refer to someone, or be quoted, while you write an article, than just blatantly write off.
In addition I want to say to all the authors both novice and experienced. Be careful working with another’s articles and texts, and remember that total copying and cheating will never make you a good writer.
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