by jenna
Reading Time: 20 min
March 27th, 2013

Children often argue with their parents for laying restrictions on them, their use of mobile phones and the timings of going out and coming back home. They just can’t understand the idea why their parents would ask them to do all of that. However, that’s where you have to think like a parent and then decide if they are right or wrong. The scenario of plagiarism is quite similar where you have to think as the writer or creator of the original content in order to understand the agony and pain of having your content stolen without any mentioning of your name.

Let’s first talk about the solution and then see whether the complaints from original content owners and restrictions from law making departments are justified or not. The solution for any person to avoid plagiarism claims is to have the content cited whenever it is picked from outside sources and is not common knowledge. You cite the content and you go free because you have done what you were legally expected to do. At the same time, it seems quite nice and valid to credit the original author of his work and for the help his/her work provided you in your project.

However, if you are taking the content from someone else’s book, blog, website, video, podcast etc. but you are not willing to cite the content, you are directly or indirectly admitting the fact that you don’t want to give the lawful owner the credit for his work. Or maybe you should have enough abilities in you to convert the material into your own words in such a way that your work is not caught for plagiarism. Nonetheless, the issue will remain an issue for those who have spent their years working on a project, collecting facts and surveying people before putting those things in writing.

Now, when you are working on a project and you feel the need of putting someone’s quote in your work, you are doing it after realizing that the words used by this particular to describe a particular situation are the best words you could find. If you had your own words to describe the situation, you must have used them. There is no doubt that it is really bad if someone does plagiarism, but if you are only quoting a person in your writing then you are bound to give that person the credit. After all, you have accepted the fact that his/her words are the best to be used to describe this situation.

Too many people would argue that stealing is different from plagiarism in that when you steal, you actually deprive the person of his personal belonging whereas there is no such case with plagiarism. Let’s see, you use someone’s content in an article and this article gets a lot of hits and votes and likes from the visitors. Now, don’t you think you have deprived the original writer from his right to get these commendations from the people? In short, these commendations and applauds were going towards him but you never let the people know about him and that’s more like a stealing of a person’s well-deserved laud and exaltation.