Plagiarism is unethical and most of the minds agree on that fact. There are people who don’t agree to this but calling lion an elephant wouldn’t make it an elephant. Furthermore, while it is true that people take help from various applications and software to cloak their plagiarism in a disguise so that detection software are not able to catch them, there are many moral issues tied up with plagiarism. There should be no hesitation in saying that a person who doesn’t research a topic and instead keeps spinning articles to evade with his plagiarized content is not a professional – however, a professional plagiarist for sure.
The first and foremost of the moral effects of plagiarism in a plagiarist is the loss of his researching abilities. Yes, researching is considered quite a skill and people are actually paid for their researching skills. SEO professionals are all about researching and without their research on the keywords, their work can never see any fruitful results. Even the recruitment officials and managers need to be very good at researching in order to be innovative in their own field and niches. So when you are not even writing your own stuff, why should you be researching and “wasting” time in doing it?
You might feel a bit reluctant in stealing someone’s content, putting it on your website and then getting all the praises, admirations and commendations, but once you have started to do that on a regular basis, you will lose your feelings towards other writers. You will continue to steal the content and posting it on your blogs, websites and forums, and finally get the credit for everything. First off, you never asked for those writer’s permissions and secondly, you never gave them the credit for their work. Would it be wrong if someone calls you inconsiderate for deceiving them and not feeling for a moment about their agony?
It is hard for a plagiarist to face the students and tell them about not cheating and copying others’ stuff because a plagiarist himself does that. As the old saying goes that you should practice what you preach, a plagiarist is in no position to mentor a student or ask them to avoid plagiarism. Or if a plagiarist thinks plagiarism isn’t illegal and unethical at all and preaches the same to the students, he’s only putting their studies and careers in danger. His approval of plagiarism doesn’t mean the approval of students’ school, teacher, instructor and system’s approval.
A plagiarism is in no position to take inspiration and express his gratitude to his favorite personalities. If you as a singer have stolen your favorite artist’s song, you cannot face him/her and call them your inspiration. Of course, you can be sued for breaching the copyrights of their material and at the same time, you will be found disrespectful to your own favorite artists. Not to mention the response from your fans who will not buy the ticket of any of your shows ever. You can read a lot of stories on the internet about singers who plagiarized and then paid the price in the shape of losing their most loyal fans.