An Introduction to Plagiarism

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Plagiarism

According to the Merriam Webster Online Dictionary, plagiarism is defined as the act of stealing and passing it off as one’s own, without crediting the source. Another definition to this term is to commit literary theft and presenting it as a new and original idea or product derived from and existing source.

With quite a broad definition that doesn’t coin the term specifically, what can be defined as plagiarism and what’s not? Sometimes people don’t even know that they are committing plagiarism simply because they are unaware of it. How can we avoid plagiarizing? What are precautions we can take to steer away from allegations of plagiarism?

To give a further illustration of plagiarism, here are a few cases of plagiarism that have stipulated an up roar in the global community.

There’s the case of the ongoing battle between corporate giants Apple and Samsung. It all started in the United States, April 2011 when Apple sued Samsung claiming that the rival industry has copied one of their products prototype, the iPhone, and ever since, debate about the stance of Samsung committing theft of an idea has spread out around the world.

According to a report by TheVerge.com, Apple views several Samsung products including Samsung’s Captivate, Continuum, Vibrant, Galaxy S 4G, Epic 4G, phones as infringing its various Intellectual Properties, as well as the Galaxy Tab. In the report, a statement claims that Apple has particular scorn for TouchWiz'd Galaxy S devices, saying "The copying is so pervasive, that [they] appear to be actual Apple products."

http://www.theverge.com/apple/2011/11/2/2533472/apple-vs-samsung

Another example of plagiarism has occurred in the realm of journalism. In August 2012, CNN journalist Fareed Zakaria, was caught in a plagiarism scandal after having found lifting a paragraph from an article written by journalist Jill Lepore in The New Yorker to an article in Time Magazine. He was later suspended from writing for Time...
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