It is true that humans do things they are specifically told not to do more furiously than things they are told to do. Furthermore, most of the times it happens that people do bad things while being fully aware of the circumstances of their actions. Plagiarists, being humans as they are, have the same minds and they do repugnant stuff even though they know the consequences plagiarism. Whether it’s internet, print media, TV or radio, plagiarism applies and gets punished when caught. In the past 2 years there have been many cases of TV reporters and journalists getting caught and fired for plagiarism.
Plagiarism takes place the most on internet and surprisingly, internet is the place where it gets caught easily as well. If you have stolen some written content from an author without using accurate and proper citation of his work, you will be caught pretty soon. It doesn’t take more than a minute and an action more than copy pasting to catch the plagiarists today. You just copy your content or upload the file on a free web based application and find out who is copying your stuff. From this point there is a big lesson for plagiarists to learn, that is if they are willing to learn it.
If independent users have been given so much power against plagiarism and they can virtually catch any plagiarist on the internet for copying their content, what makes you think that search engines don’t have better tools themselves? It’s a known fact that search engines find out and penalize plagiarism. At the same time, reputation is most important for search engines to stay on top and they will apply all the available methods to catch plagiarism before ranking the websites in their search results. Today, search engines have strict rules and policies against plagiarism and plagiarists could really end up paying a big price for their actions if they are caught.
Let’s ask ourselves, why would plagiarists copy the content in the first place? Of course, they are looking for shortcuts to get higher rankings in the search results. What if their motive and purpose of plagiarism becomes the biggest threat for them? Of course, this is when they will be most scared of copying content from anyone and even if they do, they will surely cite its original owner. This is what search engines are doing strictly these days: once they find out that a website has been plagiarizing, they remove it from the rankings or slap it down at the tail of results.
The basic method that search engines apply to check whether some content is copied or original is by looking at the timestamps of the uploaded file. Whoever posted the material earlier will be considered as the owner of the content and this website will be taken higher on the search results. However, this method can be openly challenged in exceptional circumstances since it is possible for a plagiarist to post the content before the original owner through cheats and tricks. However, once you get caught for plagiarism, you can definitely prepare yourself to take a blow of losing half of your website’s traffic and in turn, sales and business.