Essay on Plagiarism: Who's to Blame?

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As technology becomes more and more of an intricate part of today's society it allows for information to travel quickly and more widely available. By this information being so widely available some ethical issues have come to light when it comes to proper credit received to the owners of these ideas. Reynolds (2010) defines intellectual property as "works of the mind that are distinct, and owned or created by a single person or group" (p.428). Intellectual property has legal mechanisms used to protect theses rights such as copyright, patent, trade secret, and trademark laws. Copyright is used to distinguish ownership of works and protects ownership rights and allows the owners to distribute solely, display, and make copies of the original…show more content…
Plagiarism is considered cheating and that should never be rewarded. I believe plagiarism is ethically wrong and I think it is considered cheating. However, I understand some of the reasons someone may plagiarize. Something that is often overlooked especially in the academic environment is, sometimes student may not know that they are plagiarizing something due to the vague nature of the definition of plagiarism. When comparing copyright infringement and plagiarism there is a large margin that separates their meanings but still they are related to a point. Plagiarism has more of an innocent connotation compared to copyright infringements even though they ultimately have similar meanings. Copyright infringement has more of a stigma associated with it because it is often seen as a deliberate act to extort someone else's ideas. I think it is a good idea to differentiate the two and have different categories. Thinking about it in different ways helps highlight the complications of having such a vague definition of plagiarism. Butler (2005) explains this further: Plagiarism occurs when an individual borrows material without crediting its source or creator. Copyright involves permission to use a work in a specific manner. In case a student copies a story knowingly and turns it in as his own work, he is an intentional plagiarist. While these two issues are not the same, they are related in that both involve copying or borrowing some material (p.

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